Today, I came across a blog post by clinician Craig Payne entitled, Do running shoes weaken muscles?
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