Tag: running

Avoiding running injuries may be as simple as avoiding this according to the NY Times.

Avoiding running injuries may be as simple as avoiding this according to the NY Times. Every expert seems to have a theory as to why someone hurts themselves running. Avoiding running injuries should be everyone’s goal. There are some who insist that running is the cause of injury, while others have attempted to explain it as a result of the impact, running style, heel striking as well. The problem is, there are no studies that conclusively prove any of these is the reason why runners get injured. As a healthcare provider who has worked track and field for 26 plus Read More »

Are running shoes the cause of running injuries or a way to prevent them?

Are running shoes the cause of running injuries or a way to prevent them? If you ask most runners, they usually have shoe preferences.   Once they find a shoe they like and can rely on for training, many will look to buy that same shoe year after year.   Unfortunately, manufacturers often refresh their lines yearly which for some runners is stressful if their favorite shoe is being discontinued. Does their shoe help them prevent injury? If you asked those who prefer barefoot or minimalist running, they believe shoes are the problem and they weaken the feet.  The minimalist craze a Read More »

Running and your knees; science meets the belief that impact destroys your knees.

Knee pain and running; science meets the belief that impact destroys your knees. If you run and have been told that running is bad for your knees, you are not alone. Some of us as we get older cannot not handle the impact as well as we used to but new evidence suggests that running may improve the quality of the cartridge in your knees. True, some of us do poorly with impact, but the reasons for this may have less to do with one size fits all running dogma. If you are a long term reader of this blog, Read More »

Running is often mind over the body when training for an event. Runners World Magazine gets some psychological tips from Sean McCann.

Running is often mind over the body when training for an event. Runners World Magazine gets some psychological tips from Sean McCann. Imagine what it takes to win a race, especially at the professional or Olympic level.  Imagine the level of mental toughness that is required while running to push your body to new levels of extreme exertion while you train.  Then imagine a pandemic who leaves athletes wondering how to train and when their next event will be held. This is what sports psychologists help athletes deal with. The U.S. Sports Psychologist for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Read More »

Foam rolling for runners is supported by research and Runners World, but are we doing it correctly?

Foam rolling for runners is supported by research and Runners World, but are we doing it correctly? Runners World recently published an article in the best way to perform foam rolling for runners. Research has been showing foam rolling is effective prior to a run and improves performance as well as recovery from a run. From a chiropractic point of view, foam rolling which is essentially self-myofascial release is effective because tight fascia reduces flexibility, affects movement firing patterns, and can either enhance or adversely affect how you run.   On the other hand, so can body mechanics, running habits, the Read More »