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Category Archives: Injuries and Pain

New ebook on knee pain! ‘Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome’

Finally, a major announcement! I’ve co-written the 2nd Edition of an ebook about Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome — a common knee pain condition also known as “runner’s knee” — with Paul Ingraham of SaveYourself.ca!

The book explains and discusses the condition in great detail, including every imaginable self-treatment option and all the available scientific evidence.

I’m very proud to have contributed to this ebook. There’s definitely a need for well written science translation, especially when it comes to common, confusing pain conditions like this. Continue Reading

Land like a dancer — prevent injuries?

Check out the following video from NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI).

I think there may be some merit in the ideas proposed in this video. In other words, it confirms my biases! I’ve blogged years ago about how “neuromuscular training“, as it’s usually named, has been shown to prevent injuries, and research continues to mount in its favor.Continue Reading

Study: Strength Training and Proprioceptive Training Prevents Injuries

Does strength training prevent injuries?

Does strength training prevent injuries? Hint: yes.

Researchers in Denmark recently reviewed the current research on exercise programs for injury prevention, and crunched some numbers to see what does or doesn’t work.1 What did they find?

Strength training reduces sports injuries by about 68%, proprioception training reduces injuries by about 45%, and stretching programs do not reduce injuries reliably. Interestingly, combined programs only reduced injuries by about 35% (all of which included strength training)Continue Reading

Improve Movement by Training Movement – Not Specific Muscles

runningA pervading idea in the fitness and therapy industries is that altered or “dysfunctional” movement is simply the product of specific muscle weakness (or imbalance). The solution, of course, is to find the weak muscle and strengthen it. The result: correct movement, and therefore decreased risk of injury and chronic pain.

Is this true? Can strengthening specific muscles improve movement form or technique?

As usual, things are a bit more complicated than that. Let’s gather insight from a few research studies, using one of the most common examples: gluteus medius strengthening for running mechanics.Continue Reading

Book Review: The Running Injury Recovery Program by Bruce Wilk

For those of you who run – and suffer from running injuries (which I presume is most of you) – this book may be of interest to you.

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