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Research commentary for the skeptical runner
Check out this season’s running shoe guide and you will undoubtedly be overwhelmed by the options, each model carrying its unique promise for improved comfort and performance. Your traditional shoes guarantee the perfect level of support and motion control, your minimalist shoes provide unprecedented ground feel and flexibility, and – at the opposite end of … Continue reading →... Read more »
Miller, E., Whitcome, K., Lieberman, D., Norton, H., & Dyer, R. (2014) The effect of minimal shoes on arch structure and intrinsic foot muscle strength. Journal of Sport and Health Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.jshs.2014.03.011
What’s your running goal? Are you looking to run faster, further or injury-free? Every runner has room for growth, and a key to developing that potential is knowing what specific factors, whether metabolic, mechanical or otherwise, might be holding you back from reaching your targets. A strong predictor of running performance is VO2 max, or … Continue reading »... Read more »
Lazzer S, Taboga P, Salvadego D, Rejc E, Simunic B, Narici M, Buglione A, Giovanelli N, Antonutto G, Grassi B.... (2013) Factors affecting energy cost of running during an ultra-endurance race. The Journal of experimental biology. PMID: 24265425
“If you keep running like that, you’ll ruin your knees by the time you’re 40!” If you’re a runner, chances are you’ve heard such cautionary advice one too many times. For the 42% of runners who suffer from knee injuries each year 1, chronic, and potentially debilitating knee pain may be a legitimate concern. For … Continue reading »... Read more »
Kulmala JP, Avela J, Pasanen K, & Parkkari J. (2013) Forefoot strikers exhibit lower running-induced knee loading than rearfoot strikers. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 23-28. PMID: 23748735
Summer’s here! For many, this is reason to rejoice. Summer can mean time off from school or work, beach-going or sipping cocktails by the pool. But for runners, the thought of sun and heat can evoke dread. The rising temperatures instead mean risk of overheating, dehydration, cramping and bonking. A smart runner will take extra … Continue reading »... Read more »
Billy Sperlich,, Dennis-Peter Born,, Marie Denise Lefter,, & Hans-Christer Holmberg. (2013) Exercising in a Hot Environment: Which T-shirt to Wear?. Wilderness . DOI: 10.1016/j.wem.2013.04.005
A long, hard run is in the books and now it’s time to reward yourself. A nice, hot shower will hit the spot … or better yet – a long soak in the hot tub. You deserve it! “Not so fast, buddy! You do realize the havoc that heat will wreak on your already inflamed, … Continue reading »... Read more »
Versey NG, Halson SL, & Dawson BT. (2013) Water Immersion Recovery for Athletes: Effect on Exercise Performance and Practical Recommendations. Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.). PMID: 23743793
Running to the heart's discontent... Read more »
Burr JF, Drury CT, Phillips AA, Ivey A, Ku J, & Warburton DE. (2013) Long-term ultra-marathon running and arterial compliance. Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia. PMID: 23707138
At your next 10k or marathon, take a moment to observe the feet of the passing herd and you’ll note one commonality: most runners – nearly 90% 1 - will contact the ground with their heel first. But like your mother said, just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you should too! In fact, … Continue reading »... Read more »
Enders H, von Tscharner V, & Nigg BM. (2013) The effects of preferred and non-preferred running strike patterns on tissue vibration properties. Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia. PMID: 23642961
When running on empty, caffeine to the rescue!... Read more »
Lane, S., Areta, J., Bird, S., Coffey, V., Burke, L., Desbrow, B., Karagounis, L., & Hawley, J. (2013) Caffeine Ingestion and Cycling Power Output in a Low or Normal Muscle Glycogen State. Medicine , 1. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31828af183
The long run to inflammation... Read more »
Reihmane, D., Jurka, A., Tretjakovs, P., & Dela, F. (2012) Increase in IL-6, TNF-α, and MMP-9, but not sICAM-1, concentrations depends on exercise duration. European Journal of Applied Physiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-012-2491-9
Shaky science for shoes and soles... Read more »
Altman AR, & Davis IS. (2012) Barefoot running: biomechanics and implications for running injuries. Current sports medicine reports, 11(5), 244-50. PMID: 22965347
Why runner’s knee is sexist... Read more »
Willson JD, Petrowitz I, Butler RJ, & Kernozek TW. (2012) Male and female gluteal muscle activity and lower extremity kinematics during running. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 27(10), 1052-7. PMID: 22948078
Sports drinks: Performance aid or propaganda?... Read more »
Heneghan, C., Perera, R., Nunan, D., Mahtani, K., & Gill, P. (2012) Forty years of sports performance research and little insight gained. BMJ, 345(jul18 3). DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e4797
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