Effects of Running Speed on Foot Strike Patterns and Identification of Multiple Heel Strike Types

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It’s becoming more and more clear based on existing research (and research coming soon) that foot strike patterns in running are influenced by a wide variety of factors. It’s not simply the case that humans use a single foot strike type under all conditions – factors like footwear, surface hardness, speed, and experience all seem […]

Why Can’t Science Determine the Best Running Shoe?

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post on a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in which I predicted that media headlines/articles would get the interpretation of the results wrong. Well, yesterday Reuters published an article on the study titled “Switch to minimalist running shoes tied to injuries, pain.” And […]

Do Minimalist Shoes Increase Injury Risk?: Merry Christmas Vibram

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Contrary to what you may read in the coming days about a new study that just came out, Vibram just got the best Christmas present they could have received. The question of whether minimalist running shoes reduce or increase injury risk has been debated extensively over the past 3-4 years. Much of this debate has […]

Movement Signature of the Gravity Intolerant Runner – The Importance of Swing Phase

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This is a guest post by Dr. Jeff Moreno, DPT A common observation  in the world of running is the runner that overstrides. I think whether you are in the world of research, or treating runners full-time in a clinical setting, we can all agree that overstriding is suboptimal. We all understand the potential physical […]

Can Rotating Running Shoes Reduce Injury Risk? – New Study Suggests Yes!

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Shoe geeks rejoice! If you’ve been looking for a good reason to convince your spouse or significant other that you need a new pair of running shoes, look no further than a new study that suggests that runners who rotate among more than one pair of running shoes are significantly less likely to get injured […]

Can a Human Outrun a Cheetah?

Start (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If you ask the average person which animal is the best runner on the planet, the most common answer would likely be the cheetah. Few would likely say humans. Cheetahs are blazing fast, no doubt, and in a sprint a cheetah would blow a human away. But what would happen in […]

Colin’s Running Form – Sometimes Radically Different Shoes Don’t Change Things Very Much

Last week I posted some video of my friend Sam Winebaum’s running form after a filming session at the clinic. Today I wanted to share some video of another athlete who visited last week: Colin Cook. Colin owns Peak Triathlon Coaching in Bedford, New Hampshire, and is an accomplished triathlete. As evidence of his ability, […]

Why the Mizuno Sayonara Does Not Work For Me: Technology and A Tale of Two Shoes

I’ll start this post by stating clearly that people can respond very differently to a given shoe depending on idiosyncratic characteristics of their stride, anatomy, training program (speed, surfaces, etc.) and so on. I’m lucky in that I can run in most shoes without experiencing major issues, but every once in awhile I encounter a […]

My Running Gait Analysis at the Spaulding National Running Center

Last Friday I traveled down to Boston to give a research presentation at the Spaulding National Running Center. I was invited by Dr. Irene Davis, one of the world’s leading experts on running gait and injuries, and it was awesome to be able to spend an afternoon at a top notch gait lab. I got […]

adidas Boost: Some Actual Running Economy Data

Several months ago when adidas first started to market their new BOOST midsole material they made a big deal of touting the fact that the sole, which is composed of fused polyurethane beads, provides greater energy return than traditional EVA. The implication was that this energy return would provide a performance benefit to a runner […]