From the moment you start taking those first, wobbly steps as a child, and all the way through navigating your daily, adult life — walking is an essential part of your movement. It’s an innate ability of ours, and an everyday activity that we take for granted. We assume that we’ll always be able to… Continue reading The 8 Phases of Walking Gait: What Ideal Walking Form Looks Like
Young children can gain a lot from early exposure to sports — they experience a myriad of physical, mental, and emotional benefits by staying active and interacting with fellow youth athletes from such a young age. However, while many parents recognize the positives of youth sports, they often wonder what the best approach is in… Continue reading Is Single-Sport Specialization or Multi-Sport Training Better for Youth Athletes?
Iliotibial band syndrome — IT band syndrome, ITBS, whichever name you prefer — is a notoriously common injury that’s plagued the running community for ages. It can set in quickly, and tends to overstay its welcome like an unwanted guest. But perhaps, even more frustrating, is trying to search for a solution to ITBS on… Continue reading The Top 3 Reasons Why Runners Get Iliotibial Band Syndrome (and Why Foam Rolling Isn’t the Answer)
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: warming up before running is essential. It’s tempting to just dive straight into a run, but doing so time and time again can be surprisingly detrimental to your body and performance. As you likely already know, running is a high-volume, high-force sport — your body has… Continue reading The 5 Best Running Warm Ups, and Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Them
Low back pain is the bane of many peoples’ existence… And that can be especially true for runners. When you’re looking forward to a long weekend run after a hard week of work, the last thing you want to deal with is low back pain that forces you to walk or stop running altogether. Running… Continue reading Why Do I Have Low Back Pain while Running? The 4 Most Common Causes and How to Fix Them
Unidentified shin pain is an incredibly common gripe for runners, and determining what exactly that pain is can be a frustrating, ambiguous process. After all, most resources tend to assign any old shin pain as shin splints — which isn’t inherently wrong, but there’s more to the symptoms than a vague umbrella term. With shin… Continue reading The 6 Most Common Risk Factors for Stress Fractures in Running
Nearly every search result about shock absorption in running focuses on what shoes you wear. If you’ve ever looked it up yourself, you know what we’re talking about. Athletic shoe companies have pumped us full of effective marketing strategies convincing us that cushioned shoes are the answer to all our shock absorption needs in running.… Continue reading Shock Absorption in Running (It’s Not Your Shoes — It’s the Biomechanics)
The knee is a highly complex joint built up of multiple bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues. And because there are so many (literal) moving parts, it’s extremely common for people to experience different kinds of pain in and around the knee joint. Many individuals experience pain directly behind the knee, but they often receive… Continue reading Why Do I Have Pain Behind the Knee? Common Diagnoses and Prognoses
If you’re a runner, you’ve likely lived firsthand the unique bond that comes with running as a sport — there’s that unparalleled appreciation for hitting the road, finding your stride, and finding escape through running. But to have that world suddenly interrupted by injury is shocking, to say the least. To make matters even more… Continue reading Is Running Safe After Meniscus Surgery?
Knee pain and injury can happen during anything from high-intensity sports to many everyday activities — the knee is, after all, a pretty fundamental part of our movement. And depending on the severity of the injury that occurs, sometimes the safest solution is to opt for surgery. While surgical procedures aren’t anyone’s favorite option,… Continue reading Pain After Knee Surgery: Quadriceps Avoidance (What It Is and How to Correct It)