New research from La Trobe University suggests there is no evidence that changing a runner’s strike pattern will help prevent injuries or give them a speed boost. See the La Trobe University media release here.
Running can be a fantastic way to keep fit. It’s low cost, doesn’t require much specialist equipment, and can be done pretty much anywhere. “But!” I hear you yelp. “What about my knees?” Read the full story from ABC’s Tegan Taylor (featuring advice from Dr Christian Barton) at ABC News.
Before ABC journalist Joe O’Brien set off on a gruelling 25 kilometre run, he sought advice from Dr Chrstian Barton on how to prepare himself. Read The ABC news story here.
New research from La Trobe University suggests there is no evidence that changing a runner’s strike pattern will help prevent injuries or give them a speed boost. See The Age coverage here See related media at Runner’s World Listen to Dr Christian Barton’s interviews on ABC Radio Sydney and 3AW Breakfast.
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
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
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
It is a common belief amongst runners that static stretching (i.e. long holds of >15 seconds) decreases injury risk and improves running performance.1 Current research evidence demonstrates this belief is incorrect.1,2,3 Based on current research, stretching in the short or longer term has no impact on injury risk in runners.1 In fact static stretching prior to…read more
“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
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