Brief Thoughts: A critical examination of "Foot Strike and Injury Rates in Endurance Runners: a retrospective study"

Two very different footstrikes captured on high-speed video This post is a bit behind the times, but I thought I'd get it out there regardless.  This post is a short analysis which takes a look at the latest research from Daniel Lieberman's lab at Harvard University.  Lieberman is, of course, famous for his paper on ... Read more

Brief Thoughts: Are hard workouts counterproductive?

Since my mission to write a set of comprehensive articles detailing the most common running injuries (the “Injury Series” here on RunningWritings) has morphed into a colossal undertaking, I’ve decided to break things up a bit with a new occasional, hopefully weekly series entitled “Brief Thoughts,” which I intend to be shorter, less-scientific musings on ... Read more

Injury Series: Uncovering the role of hip strength and mechanics in the cause and treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome

Today we are tackling the most common running injury of all: patellofemoral pain syndrome, alternatively known as runner’s knee, anterior knee pain, and (sometimes erroneously) chondromalacia or chondromalacia patellae.  As is often the case, there is some controversy about the naming.  “Patellofemoral pain syndrome” or PFPS is the broadest and most common term, but is ... Read more

Injury Series: Biomechanical solutions for iliotibial band syndrome

It's been a while since we've thoroughly reviewed an injury, so today we'll be looking at another one of the "big five" most common running injuries.  We've already seen how treatment for Achilles tendonitis has been revolutionized by specific eccentric exercises to remodel damaged tendon collagen; today's topic is iliotibial band syndrome, sometimes also referred ... Read more

Should you think about running in college?

As high school cross country finishes up, many juniors and seniors are turning their attention to college applications.  Some of the more serious runners are probably thinking about running competitively in college.  In talking to high schoolers and their parents, I find there are often a lot of misconceptions about what college distance running is ... Read more

Ferritin, hemoglobin, and iron deficiency in distance runners

Attention readers! This article is officially outdated! I've released a new and updated article on iron deficiency in runners that is much more complete.   >>Click here to check out the updated article!<< When a distance runner begins to struggle early on in workouts and races, suffers from excessive fatigue, and often feels there's no "gas ... Read more

When threshold training isn't threshold training

Most runners are familiar with threshold training.  It's been the chief contribution to real-world training from the field of exercise physiology.  In principle, it's simple: there is a "tipping point," physiologically speaking, when incremental increases in speed become progressively more difficult.  Training right at this sweet spot should raise the threshold, moving that "tipping point" ... Read more

A guide to anatomical terms of location and movement for the runner

Introduction Don't you hate it when you can't find your "distal process on the medial tibial surface"? Or when your doctor tells you that a problem with your posterior tibial tendon is causing excessive foot inversion and possibly decreased knee flexion? Do you ever find you can't tell the difference between the anterior inferior iliac ... Read more

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