Self-optimisation: The interaction between running biomechanics and running economy

I would like to welcome Isabel (Izzy) Moore to the Biomechanics blog. Izzy is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I only know Izzy via the online world, but have had some great discussions with her via email and Skype about running mechanics and performance. Izzy has fantastic knowledge on this topic,



Case History demonstrating the biomechanical jig saw puzzle – by trevor prior

A male patient with right hip pain demonstrates (bilateral unless stated): 1st MTPJ dorsiflexion 60°. The forefoot is inverted on the rearfoot. On weight-bearing, both feet are pronated with calcaneal eversion and some lowering of the arch. There is increased medial navicular drift on the right. Foot posture index 6 (Reference values – Highly supinated:



The biomechanical jig saw puzzle – what leads to excessive tissue stress and injury?

Welcome back to Trevor Prior for another great post on biomechanics. Trevor is a fantastic London based podiatrist, working at Premier Podiatry with more than 30 years clinical experience. Some great discussion of biomechanical principles and concept of different biomechanical factors building the puzzle for individual injury risk profile. Over to you Trevor …………….. We have recently



Top 6 tendinopathy papers of recent times

Hi all Here is a quick blog showcasing 6 relatively recent articles that are very worthwhile reading and have changed the way we think about tendons. For clinical info on how to assess and manage tendons among all demographic groups see up coming courses in Sydney (May 16) and other parts of Australia and the



How important is Soleus to managing midportion Achilles tendinopathy? By Seth O’Neil

Welcome back to the Biomechanics blog Seth O’Neil – aka the Achilles tendon twitter. He previously provided us with a fantastic synopsis of the 3rd scientific tendon symposium in Oxford held last year. In this post, Seth puts his tendon geek on once more, discussing the importance of soleus to the managing mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy. Over to



Is there any point measuring static variables in clinical practice? By Trevor Prior

I would like to welcome a new guest to the Biomechanics blog – Trevor Prior. Trevor is a fantastic London based podiatrist, working at Premier Podiatry with more than 30 years clinical experience. As a result he has a wealth of knowledge which he is always keen to share, especially if you have the pleasure of



Running Retraining and Hip strengthening for Patellofemoral Pain with Assistant Professor Rich Willy

Assistant Professor Rich Willy from East Carolina University sat down and chatted about two favorite topics of mine, running retraining and Patellofemoral Pain. Rich has completed some fantastic research related to these topics in recent years, which I have discussed in previous posts. Rich also provided a fantastic blog related to running retraining recently for @tomgoom which I



Barefoot running did’t work, what now? – wrapping it up

So to recap – our runner has anterior shin pain as a result of tibialis anterior over activity. Taking her shoes off increased her pain. Last week, two potential options for retraining were proposed. It was great to also see many other retraining strategies proposed by people. I am sure that John Foster will be pleased



Barefoot running didn’t work, what now? – Part 2

So to recap – our runner has anterior shin pain as a result of tibialis anterior over activity. Taking her shoes off increased her pain. Here were a few of the many suggestions of the next step to take: 1. Give her more cushioning and bulkier shoes – I like the irony but not sure



Barefoot running didn’t work, what now?

So two weeks ago we saw this runners anterior shin pain related to over activity of tibialis anterior was #worse with barefoot running (see videos below). Here were my 2 key biomecanincal considerations of why (obviously very simplistic): 1. Tib ant muscle activity during heel strike running is more the 3 times that of forefoot strike