Active Release Technique (ART) And Running Injuries

I just stumbled upon an interview I did back in 2007 with Dr. Marc Bochner, who is board certified in sports injuries and Active Release Techniques (ART). It got lost in the shuffle when we transferred the blog over from Blogger to WordPress. I’m very happy to share it because we’re big proponents of ART but it also provides great insight into how to comprehensively prevent and treat running injuries.

Tapering For A Marathon

There are a lot of theories out there about how to taper for a marathon or a particular race you’ve geared your training around for a while. Today I came across an interesting study on this topic (hat tip @stevemagness), “Effects of Tapering on Performance.”

Through the meta-analysis process, the researchers have determined that “a two week taper during which training volume is exponentially reduced by 41-60% without altering training intensity or frequency appears to be the most efficient strategy to maximize performance gains.

Strengthening Not Stretching Key To ITBS

This is a great article in Running Times. Not only does it refer to Jean Claude Van Damme as the “Muscles from Brussels,” it hits the nail on the head when it comes to preventing ITBS and understanding the cause of the problem. It’s the second most common running injury and can easily be prevented and quickly treated through strengthening of the hip stabilizers and glut muscles, not simply stretching and foam rolling.

Training Smart: Injury Prevention For Runners

Run SMART coach Anthony Gallo contributed an article to New England Runner titled, ‘Training Smart is the First Step in Injury Prevention.’ It offers a wide variety of key points and reminders about easy ways to lower your risk of injury.

Strengthening Your Stride

Run SMART coach Blake Boldon offered Fitness Magazine readers a few cross training exercise tips to help reduce the risk of injury and strengthen your stride at the same time. First…

Hands-Up Lunge

Targets: Hips, butt, quads, and hamstrings
  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms overhead, palms facing each other.

Running Shoe Tips For The Winter

Running in icy and snowy winter conditions can be very dangerous, especially if you’re getting your runs in before the sun rises or long after it goes down. Run SMART coach Vince Sherry covered this subject in the Arizona Daily Sun yesterday and offered a few great tips.

How to Prevent Stress Fractures

Came across an interesting article I’d like to share from the NY Times, titled: How to prevent stress fractures.

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A recent study showed a correlation between smaller or weaker calf muscles and greater risk of acquiring a tibia stress fracture, one of the most common forms of stress fractures. The article talks about even a minor increase in calf muscle mass or strength can go a long way to help prevent tibia stress fractures, especially in women runners.

The other half of the article focused on a separate study which showed that shorter stride lengths, or a higher running cadence helped minimize the risk of tibia stress fractures.

How Should Runners Manage Windy Conditions?

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Coach Jack Daniels was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun about how runners should approach training in windy conditions. The wind can certainly be a drag (yes, pun!) on your training, so make sure to be aware of weather conditions ahead of time, especially during the winter and summer, then plan out where you’re going to do your run for the day. Jack does a great job of explaining how you can actually use the wind to your advantage with a little planning.

Trail Running Shoes Vs. Road Shoes

Check out Coach Sherry’s column in the Arizona Daily Sun about the benefits of trail running shoes.

“Many runners would rather take their chances with a sprained ankle or bruised foot than trade in their favorite road runners for the running equivalent of a tractor trailer. Want to add a little more difficulty to 30-minute climb on a 15 percent grade at 8,000 feet? Throw on a pair of trail shoes from about 10 years ago. Fortunately, a lot has changed in 10 years. Technology has advanced and every major running shoe manufacturer offers a lightweight, stable, protective, breathable trail running shoe.”

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Give Barefoot Running A Try

Run SMART coach Vince Sherry contributes a column titled, “High Country Running,” to the Outdoors section of the Arizona Daily Sun. His latest piece is on barefoot running. Check out Vince’s take on the latest running fad. Below is his opener from the article…