Category | Injury

You Don’t Have to Run in Pain: Second Installment of “Voice from the Running Shoe Store Floor”

Posted on 28 July 2012

An early adopter of minimalism, Jim Hixson was the former general manager of an independent running retail store in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to currently being a running retail store consultant, Jim now writes a regular column for the Natural Running Center called “Voice From the Running Shoe Store Floor.”   — NRC *** [Read more...]

You Can Run a Marathon with Flat Feet, No Orthotics, and Minimalist Shoes — and without Injury

Posted on 27 May 2012

by Dr. Nick Campitelli. The debate continues amongst medical professionals, podiatrists, runners, and the media as to “Should we be running with supportive shoes with motion control?” For years the norm has been to support the arch with a custom or rigid orthotic to prevent overuse injury. This device was added to a cushioned running [Read more...]

Shin Splints Explained for All Runners and Good News for Sufferers

Posted on 19 March 2012

This is Camille Herron’s second post for the Natural Running Center. Her first on how she became a world-class marathoner by adopting minimalism was exceptionally well-received by readers. Ms. Herron, who has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, is the newest member of NRC’s advisory board. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that [Read more...]

Ask the Experts: What Are the Pros and Cons of Trigger-Point Therapy?

Posted on 11 February 2012

Patrick writes: After looking at some of the Sock-Doc’s videos on the Natural Running Center site and trying to find out how to deal with some pains on both the inside and the outside of my right knee, it appears to me that there is similarity between Dr Gangemi’s methods and Trigger-Point Therapy.  Is this accurate? [Read more...]

New Study Examined Forefoot Striking vs. Heel Striking (Guess Which Runners Get Injured More Often?)

Posted on 11 February 2012

On a regular basis, health and fitness journalist Gretchen Reynolds, who contributes to the Well Blog of the New York Times, has done a stellar job writing about the information, studies, and reports emerging rom the frontlines of exercise research. The topics are timely, and she is able to expertly highlight the salient facts. Best [Read more...]

Avoid Overtraining! — Keeping Your Body Healthy Means Active Rest and Recovery

Posted on 22 November 2011

Laura Bergmann is living example of a home-schooled athlete and teacher. I met Laura two years ago when we were both spreading the word on fitness in our small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  She was not excited about running since it often led to discomfort.  Yet, in time she changed her gait; it eventually [Read more...]

Injury-Free Running Is Easier Than It Seems

Posted on 07 November 2011

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery” — James Joyce In the aftermath of Chris McDougall’s article on natural running in the New York Times, I’ve been flattered by the emails from around the globe of runners sharing their stories of recovery and discovery. Here is my own personal story in even greater detail. [Read more...]

Sciatica, More than a Pain in the Butt, and Why It’s Often Misdiagnosed; Real Culprit is Piriformis Syndrome

Posted on 15 October 2011

Dr. Stephen Gangemi, aka the “Sock Doc” discusses some natural and effective ways to deal with low back, hip, and leg pain as well as what is known as piriformis syndrome. Also, Dr. Gangemi discusses sciatica – how it is often misdiagnosed and how it can be treated.– NRC   In this video I discuss [Read more...]

Ask the Experts: Dealing with Sore Calves and Achilles Tendon Discomfort

Posted on 14 October 2011

 Dear Mark, I follow your site and blog and your writings have been a powerful influence in getting me to start running again at age 48. After many years and many injuries I finally heeded to the doctors’ advice that “running causes injuries” and “running is not for everyone.” Doctors and experts told me that [Read more...]

Alter-G Treadmill: The Ultimate in Rehab, Recovery and Even Training

Posted on 11 October 2011

Rick Meyers, owner of NRC affiliate store, The Runner’s Sole, is a serious-minded ultra runner. It’s not that all ultra runners aren’t serious about their pastime, it’s just that Rick takes it up a few notches.  He approaches 24-hour runs as most runners would confront a 10K.  Last month, he competed in the National 24 [Read more...]


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