Stretching Is Not Improving Your Ability To Perform

Stretching Is Not Improving Your Ability To Perform

Not too long ago, I called upon a student that had raised her hand in class.  The question that followed went something like this, “When I work on my client in the massage therapy clinic, her muscle feels tight.  If you’re saying that it’s not tight, how would you explain what I think I’m feeling?”

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Plantar Fasciitis: Much More Than What Fits Your Feet

Plantar Fasciitis:  Much More Than What Fits Your Feet

 

In order for a ball to come into the strike zone at upwards of 90 mph, there has to be much more to a pitcher’s delivery than just a strong arm.  Or even a longer arm that has the potential for more leverage (i.e., whip).

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Fitting Running Shoes: Pseudoscience that Hurts

Fitting Running Shoes:  Pseudoscience that Hurts

 

If I had to guess, I would say the lady that was crying right in front of me was no more than 34 years old.  Up until now, she had been in this Luke’s Locker to be fitted for the same neutral running shoe year after year.

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Running Form: Recognizing Patterns and Posture

 

 

Our neuromuscular systems are constantly resculpting microarchitecture in the brain and spinal cord and remodeling tissues in the body, modifications that physically embed movement habits.  We become resilient runners not because we are machine — like, but because we evolve coordination patterns tailored to our individual anatomy, capitalizing on strengths, masking deficits. This is visible in each runner’s unique stride “fingerprint” and explains why you can pick out your training partner’s familiar gait through a crowd of other runners.  — The Running Machine Myth, How the body adapts to create efficiency and injury resistance. — by John Kiely

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