Top Ten Major Points About Running

I am sitting in the Calgary airport for a 4 hour layover so I decided to blog about the top ten major points presented at the "New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries" conference in Saskatoon, SK, Canada this past weekend. Nearly all of the information presented was based on current research collected and analyzed by Blaise Dubois, PT. Blaise was an entertaining presenter, mostly because of his ability to laugh at himself with his struggle learning English. Another heavy evidence based seminar I will be attending in November will be held by one of the top gait and biomechanics researchers in the country, Christopher Powers, PhD., PT. It will be interesting to learn how his collection of research compares with Blaise's. I've taken Part I of his Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter seminar last year and Dr. Powers confirmed the current concepts and practices that many lower extremity injuries occur because of dysfunction of the pelvis. Back to Blaise Dubois, PT.   Some points I'm about to share with you may contradict (scratch that, WILL contradict) current and traditional medical thinking and practices. His presentation could easily stir up controversy in the orthopedic and podiatric communities. However, as the title of the conference states, these are NEW trends stemming from thousands of research articles and studies and therefore worth exploring. Here's my TOP TEN list of key points learned this weekend:
  1. More than 80% of running injuries can be explained by an overload.  Ie. Too much too soon.
  2. It is preferable to run more often in order to suffer less injuries.  Yes, you heard that correctly.
  3. The majority of static anthropometric tests are useless.  Ie.  Q angle, foot shape.
  4. Pre-workout stretching is a cause of running injuries.
  5. The best strengthening workout for a runner is to run barefoot.
  6. Cushioning and absorption in running shoes increase the risk of running injuries.
  7. Plantar orthoses (foot orthotics) do not correct faulty mechanics.
  8. All surfaces present the same risk of injuries to a runner who is well adapted.
  9. Water intoxication is the first cause of complication in marathons.
  10. When speaking of the prevention of running injuries there is not enough scientific proof to clearly establish a clinical guide.
A little shocked? Confused? Curious? Don't worry, I'll be putting on running clinics at Innersport to explain such research, give tips on preventing injuries, and hold technique and video analysis clinics, all in preparation for the Oakland Marathon 2011. Please feel free to comment on this blog and let me know if there's something specific you would like me to address at the clinics. Stay tuned for more info in the next month. In the meantime, happy running!