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Pain and Biomechanics in Running: Determining Causation, Part II

On this blog we’ve written several articles on the slippery slope of running form coaching and analysis.  To recap, there is scant evidence (outside of evangelistic anecdote) that conscious changes to form may improve performance.  Though there is evidence to support form modifications to improve injury, the interplay between pain and biomechanics is still widely unsettled.

Stress Fractures in Young Runners: Identifying Risk Factors

Stress fractures are highly common among high school runners.  Like many conditions, certain risk factors emerge to help predict this entirely preventable injury.  Let’s face it, if you run so far and so hard that you break your own bones you’ve probably missed a LOT of risk factors.  But with college scholarships on the line, it’s not surprising that injuries will sometimes occur.  Understanding risk factors can help coaches and athletes navigate that very fine line between injury and optimal performance.      

Hand Position During Ground-Based Exercises

Hand position on the ground is a rarely discussed but vitally important topic for movement.  With a greater recent emphasis on ground-based exercise in many training systems, hand-to-ground interaction merits our close attention.  The hands are hardly a novel discovery, as the link between the hands and the brain is obvious to anyone with a sense of touch.  (Hand shaping is an important part of many skilled hand movements and includes a number of hand shapes (Sacrey 2010))

Shoulder Mobility, Back Pain, and Elite Divers

The joint-by-joint approach to training remains one of the most influential explanatory models in modern strength and conditioning.  Coined originally by Gray Cook and Mike Boyle, this approach is simple way to understand the interrelationships of different joint systems.  No body part exists in isolation, and the interaction of structure and function among the joints ultimately determines how movement is expressed.  (complete Joint by Joint article HERE)

The Effect of Menstrual Cycle Phase on Athletic Performance

There are many things to consider with coaching.  Preparing athletes is far more than simply writing a schedule and plugging in the numbers.  Individualized treatment is also paramount for rehabilitation, as understanding the whole person is more important than endless recycling of one’s favorite treatment.  

Maintaining Strength During a Competitive Season


One challenge during a competitive season is maintaining strength gains.  Like many things, it’s a delicate balance between too much and not enough.  Do too much and you fail to exploit the benefits of a taper; do too little and you potentially lose the benefits of all the work you’ve done and perhaps set yourself too far back to begin the next training cycle. 

Vitamin C, Immunity, and Athletes


With early-year cold and flu season in full swing, athletes are all looking for ways to improve immunity and avoid illness.  The simple answer is to train appropriately, get rest, and eat a healthy diet.  However, since most people can’t cloister themselves away from humanity, it’s critical to find ways to bolster our defenses beyond common sense life habits.