• Variety in Running to Lower Overuse Injury

    Many new athletes make the error of lacking variation in their training.

    This can come in the form of wearing the same pair of shoes for every single workout, running on the same terrain all of the time, or training at the same pace for almost every run.

    We'll start with shoes, which us here at SKORA are ever so fond of.

    A recent study determined that athletes who use different shoes for different runs have a 39% lower injury rate than those who used the same shoe for all of their training. ...

  • Get Ahead of Overuse Injuries

    "Similarly, persistently running in the same manner reduces the variability of our individual stride "signature." Gradually, structures become overspecialized. When excess monotony, fatigue, soreness or injury reduce our ability to vary aspects of our stride, our capacity to disperse mechanical stress diminishes. Loading stress becomes focused on an ever decreasing set of hot spots on -- bones, tendons and muscles -- and the risk of overuse injuries escalates. Conversely, when our variability ...

  • Pronation: What would you do without it?

    As a massage therapist, kinesiology instructor, and author, Rick Merriam is a wealth of valuable knowledge.

    Engaging Muscles is Rick's website. Next time you feel like going in-depth with reading, sit back with a cup (or two) of coffee and enjoying some of his articles. His latest is below:

    As you proceed down the functional path to build the complete athlete, keep this analogy in mind. The way that force is imparted into the ground and the subsequent ground reaction go a long way ...

  • How to Deal with Shin Splits

    Shin splints are unfortunately the subject of many running related questions.

    Like most running injuries, the causes and remedies are often unclear and different for various situations and athletes.

    Injuries are a method your body uses to tell you that something is not functioning properly. Often a muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, or running form issue is to blame.

    It is true that changing shoes or stride may help resolve a pain. A calf compression sleeve or new shoes may modify your stride ...

  • What to do if you get hurt before a race!?!

    Unfortunately immediately prior to an event is the time of the year when you are most likely to experience an injury or burn out.

    The reason is simply because you've been building up with distance, speed, and race specificity for months now. Training is getting more difficult and volume has been going up.

    Paying attention to your body is incredibly important as a race approaches. Recovery and key workouts are what matter. But what happens when you're a week or a month out from your autumn ...

  • Does Pronation Matter?

    You know the drill.

    The shoe salesman watches how you stand, barefoot or in shoes.

    Next you walk back and forth, jog in place, maybe on a treadmill. Barefoot and maybe in your current shoes.

    This ritual has been ingrained into peoples' heads for decades, yet, it may not matter. Or more appropriately, it may matter in that it does not really matter.

    A few studies in the last few years have looked at how shoes prescribed based on a person's foot affects injury rates, and results have been quite ...

  • Confessions of an overpronator

    SKORA overpronation

    For years I was told something was wrong with me. Not quite right. Not ideal. I visited experts and they made recommendations. I would walk around their office, barefoot, and they would suggest different types of support and fixes. Maybe go into a running store and jump on a treadmill to be video recorded. They would play it back to me in slow motion. Zoom in on my lower legs and show me my faults.

    These experts told me I did something called “over pronation” They grabbed my ankles and ...

  • Secrets of Uninjured Runners

    We have all known the endurance athlete who never seems to become injured. There is also the athlete who has been running for three years and has spent more time injured than able to run. What does the healthy runner know that the other does not?

    No sudden changes
    Training adjustments are necessary to stimulate adaptation, strength, and fitness. If these changes are too sudden, the body may not have time to appropriately adjust and injury can occur. There is a general rule to never increasing ...

  • Injury Compensation

    Unfortunately for Ryan Hall, he has not been in the news recently for an Olympic medal nor will he be in the news for doing well at the New York City Marathon in November. Ryan however, is in the news because he has been struggling with a long run of injuries, beginning with plantar fasciitis.

    The purpose of this post is not to discuss Ryan or the relation to shoes and injury (that has been done for us), but to show how one injury can cause another. Regrettably for Mr. Hall, he is going to be ...