Category: Running Retraining

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:



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



Some Friday Fun – Is this runners anterior shin pain better or worse with barefoot running?

Tweet #better or #worse Shod Barefoot   The answer: #worse Thanks for some fantastic discussion from all on twitter and here on comments. Her issue/pain was related to excessive Tib ant muscle activity during foot strike. Some key considerations, which I think all were pointed out amongst the discussions: 1. Tib ant muscle activity during



How we run is more important than what is on our feet

I am currently drowning in running retraining research, attempting to complete a mixed-methods study (i.e. systematic review combined with exploration of expert clinical reasoning). Watch this space – aiming to have it done by Christmas! As part of this study, I have come across a very interesting and good paper published in the journal of Biomechanics:



A pain in the butt! Biomechanics and running retraining for proximal hamstring tendinopathy

It is my great pleasure to put forward this piece from our guest blogger Tom Goom. I was fortunate to meet Tom at my recent running biomechanics course in London where some of the pretty pictures below of his running action come from. I can also vouch for his ridiculously tight hip flexors you can




Running Retraining for Patellofemoral Pain

Click here for slide from the Podiatry South Australia Conference Click here for slides from Podiatry South Australia presentation. These slides are related to a keynote presentation on running retraining for Patellofemoral Pain, given on May 22nd 2014.