Not too long ago, I was listening to an interview on a podcast that I regularly listen to. At one point in the conversation, the guest said something that really stuck with me.
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
“WE WEAR OUR HEARTS ON OUR SOLES. Shoes are the best indicator of how people are feeling,” says June Swann, a shoe historian based in Northhampton, England. To hear Swann tell it, you can chart the rise and fall of prosperity from the elevation of a heel; hear the distant rumblings of war in the configuration of a toe; measure social change by the thickness of a sole. Every shoe tells a story.” – Why Every Shoe tells a Story, by Cathy Newman
As you proceed down the functional path to build the complete athlete, keep this analogy in mind. The way that force is imparted into the ground and the subsequent ground reaction go a long way to determine the quality of the athlete’s performance. The ability to use the ground effectively plays a significant role in injury prevention and rehabilitation. - Excerpt from Athletic Development by Vern Gambetta
“If you think about the movement of your body as you run, you probably tend to focus on what your legs are doing. However, the motions of your torso and arms are also important to the biomechanics of running. As one leg extends forward, it causes rotation of the lower body that would tend, in turn, to twist the upper body in the same direction if it were not counteracted in some way–this is where arm swing comes into play.” — Excerpt from TREAD LIGHTLY by Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky