Pain and Function in the Runner: A Ten (din) uous Link

Readers of this blog may remember the blog I wrote about how to recover from the runners achilles heel. In it, I mentioned that we took a number of physiological measures of the calf before and after the training intervention. As always with science, it takes time but the research has finally been published andContinue reading “Pain and Function in the Runner: A Ten (din) uous Link”

Adaptation of Running Biomechanics to Repeated Barefoot Running

There is often confusion around the interpretation of scientific studies and what it actually means for runners. We recently wrote a letter to the editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine to further explain findings reported by a study published in their journal. The letter has now been published.  

Even Better than the Real Thing?

Barefoot Strong Summit, Scottsdale, Arizona 26th and 27th October 2019 EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING with Dr Peter Francis,  Join Dr Francis as he shares his research on how existing musculoskeletal conditions can be improved by reverting to minimalist footwear, allowing the foot to move and interact with the ground closer to how itContinue reading “Even Better than the Real Thing?”

Life after Running, Running from Injury & Everything Else…

The pursuit of pleasure at the expense of pain, known as hedonism, is often considered the philosophy of the wreckless. Live for today, at the expense of tomorrow. The trouble is that tomorrow usually comes and the pursuit must begin again or the pain returns. If you’ve already conjured up images of alcohol, drugs, partiesContinue reading “Life after Running, Running from Injury & Everything Else…”

The Urban Runner with an Evolutionary Legacy

On a 6-month sabbatical in beautiful New Zealand (2017) with Professor Grant Schofield, I set out to perform a review of studies aimed at identifying the most common running injuries. Around the same time, I observed kiwi boys running barefoot on a tartan track. We designed a study to better understand the barefoot activity ofContinue reading “The Urban Runner with an Evolutionary Legacy”

Titles and links to all running blogs

Did the new shoes cause my heel pain? ‘What happened when we took the shoes from 9 well trained runners?’ A short blog to translate the science Who best to ‘fix’ my running injury? How much training for the sub-35 minute 10km? The Theory of Self-Control: Key to Consistent Running? Memory of the Boom TimesContinue reading “Titles and links to all running blogs”

Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?

Modern living is said to be killing us. A cocktail of concrete, sugar and screens is mixed with a lack of physical stress which can make us ill. Nature, natural food sources and physical exercise are often suggested as the antidote. Although our modern lifestyles are associated with a lack of physical stress, they promoteContinue reading “Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?”

Variability a Runners Best Friend

Running is short on variability which means finding ways of introducing it, is key to injury prevention. Interval running, barefoot running, tempo running, park running, road running, beach running, bike ‘running’, yoga applications, plyometrics and conditioning exercises are some of the ways I attempt to maximise variability during a week of running. This blog comesContinue reading “Variability a Runners Best Friend”

Pace Variation: The Missing Link in Running Injury and Performance

Slow and Slower Relative to a maximum sprint, runners spend the majority of their time running slow or variations of slow to moderate. The long run is slow. The recovery run is slow. Even the tempo run, if we compare it to the sprint is slow. If you’re not engaged in any interval work orContinue reading “Pace Variation: The Missing Link in Running Injury and Performance”

What are the most common running injuries?

We pooled injury data from 36-studies in which 18,195 runners reported 10,688 injuries. The purpose was to find out what the most common running injuries were. This is called a systematic review of literature. Our review has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. In total, this process has takenContinue reading “What are the most common running injuries?”