Movement Pattern 2: Flexion

 We are moving on to Movement Pattern 2: Flexion.  This pattern seems like you are testing an age old question…can you touch your toes?  It is a nice benchmark, but there is much more to it than that.  Look at everything that is moving to allow you to bend forward: Head/neck, shoulders, spine, hips, pelvis, knees and ankles.  All of that has to move, but also has to stabilize to keep you…

Running Form – Do you have imbalances?

This post on running form is going to focus on the common injuries and biomechanical faults I see clinically.  There are multiple soft tissue and muscular-related damages that result anytime you push your body – we are speaking with running specifically in this instance, but it is by no means exclusive to that activity.  I’d like to start with arguably the most commonly injured muscle group, the hamstrings.  It can…

Running Form – Should You Change?

Let me start by welcoming Collin Trent to this site. I have known Collin for a long time and have always recognized him to be an active individual. He has played soccer for many years, been involved in weight training, exercise and overall wellness in general. Most recently, Collin has been a very consistent runner. He has posted some great times in half and full marathons and has experimented with…

Running Form – To Heel Strike or Not To Heel Strike…

To heel strike or not…that is the question. A running cadence of 85-90 strides/minute (170-180 steps/minute) has been widely accepted to be ideal for runners – This is a pretty fast pace! The reason: Less time with your foot on the ground = less slowing down of your body. Contact time on the ground creates more friction which slows you down. Once in motion, running is a perpetual action that…

Does Running Form Matter?

This very question seems to be a hot button among runners.  If there is one group of athletes who are passionate about their trade, it is runners.  Running can be a grueling task that pushes the limits of human physical abilities as well as mental capacity to overcome stress, fatigue, weather, or even pain.  Often, runners run through pain to a fault, but we can discuss that in another post!  …