Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

Instability in Recommendations for Ankle Instability

To prevent ankle sprains, what's the right course of action - brace or no brace?
In my last blog I discussed “toning shoes”, which are designed to create an unstable walking surface for the wearer with the thought that this results in more muscle recruitment.  Today I will discuss instability of a different sort, that of lateral ankle instability (never a desirable thing!) 

National Trail Running Day - August 21st

Happy Trails – Why trail is better for you and your body
If you're a road runner it's time to take it to the trails in honor National Trail Running Day. Why? Because I think you'll get hooked on what you'll find - it's not really about the physical act of running, rather the entire experience for both body and mind.

Think of trail running as road running enhanced.  When you get off the pavement and onto the trails your joints not only get a break, your mind does, too. How? By simply connecting to your surroundings through your senses.

Is Barefoot Running Good for You?

Shoes or Shoeless - For injury prevention what's the bottom line?


Have you read the Bestseller Born to Run? It’s a true story about the Tarahumara Indians who run great distances (50 – 200 miles at a time) barefoot throughout the Copper Canyons of Mexico. The story is compelling and it has inspired many a runner to take up barefoot running as a practice. But is this a smart idea?

Lateral Leg Exercises Work More Than Legs

Life is NOT a linear event!  For better results - mix it up.
The simple truth about fitness is this:  Exercise that can be done in an outdoor location, or site, that includes hilly or mountainous trails, a grassy city or suburban park, a sandy beach, can and will better your performance. By utilizing a variety of terrain, you will learn a new degree of body awareness and train your body to move in a variety of ways.

Posture Perfect

When was the last time your mother told you to stand up straight? I heard it constantly, not from my mother, but from my Grandfather who threatened to tie my shoulders back to keep them from slouching. At 12 years old I couldn’t imagine why it mattered. 22 years later, I think I finally understand.
Slouching shoulders can produce all kinds of pain, but the most common symptoms are torn rotator cuffs, neck pain, migraines, a variety of hand and wrist ailments, and the one symptom 75% of all Americans can relate to- back pain.

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