Return to Sport – Testing

Last post I left off talking about the concepts of what Return to Sport means.  Now, let’s talk about what tests to use.  I would like to introduce several tests that allow us to comprehensively assess an athlete’s abilities and help to determine readiness to return to sports.  That said, There are SO MANY valuable tests and ways to measure things…but we may only have time, equipment & evidence to support a handful.…

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!  …