Blog - Running
by James Alexander

The publication of Born to Run by Chris McDougall in 2009 led to a significant increase in the interest in barefoot running and its proposed benefits to runners.1 Initial interest was largely due to anecdotal evidence that suggested barefoot running encourages a more natural running gait, which in turn was proposed to better distribute impact…read more

by James Alexander

Running is a highly popular physical activity with millions of regular participants globally.1 Compared with other types of sport and exercise, running alleviates many barriers to being physically active.2 It is easily accessible and convenient, making it an attractive and time efficient form of exercise. Regular running also provides numerous health benefits, both physically and…read more

by James Alexander

Many runners believe that wearing the wrong shoe type for the foot is a leading cause of running related injuries.1 This belief stems from traditional shoe prescription methods where running shoes are prescribed on the basis of matching shoe features to foot type e.g. motion controlled shoes to pronated feet. Unfortunately there is a lack…read more

by James Alexander

It is a long held belief that static stretching (i.e. long holds of >15 seconds) plays an important role in improving running performance and decreasing injury risk.1 As such static stretching, undertaken as part of a ‘warm up’ prior to running or at the end of a run, or both, is a common practice amongst…read more

by Jo Monahan

“When I was told that I couldn’t run, I lost a stress outlet and didn’t enjoy life.” – Jane Fitzgerald, Osteoarthritis patient Osteoarthritis (OA) is often seen as a barrier preventing an athlete from being able to participate in exercise such as running. Recent studies have shown that not only is this a common misconception,…read more

by Jo Monahan

There are several reasons why people are turning to running for exercise. It has proven physical and mental health benefits. People who run frequently can live up to 3 years longer than people who do not exercise! More people partaking in jogging, running training and marathons than ever before and this is described as a…read more

by James Alexander

The important benefits of strength training for endurance runners have been well documented in numerous research publications.1,2,3,4 Resistance training is now considered a critical component to a well planned training program for runners of all levels. The key benefits runners can obtain from a strength-training program include: Faster running performance Improved running economy Reduced risk…read more

by Dr Christian Barton (Editor)

It was a pleasure to travel to Perth last weekend. It was a busy weekend, presenting at an evening seminar, the state conference and also on a GLA:D Australia course with my friends at Curtin University. As promised, my slides from the APA presentations are published below If you are interested in the running symposium…read more

by Zuzana Machotka

          Rich Willy, PT, PhD Assistant Professor School of Physical Therapy and Movement Science Missoula, Montana, USA Photo credits: Jackie Merritt   Although research has shown resistance training has a multitude of health benefits and reduces risk of overuse injury in athletes by about 50%, many runners skip the weight room…read more