Saturday, March 31, 2012

Vibram Five Fingers Shoes Named In Lawsuit

Yes, you read it correctly, Vibram Five Fingers (VFF) shoes are currently embroiled in a lawsuit as they are alleged to have made "deceptive and misleading statements about the benefits of barefoot running".

You've read it here before, we've posted on runners who still land on their heels despite running in their VFF.

As part of the lawsuit, there was even a research paper cited, where the American Council of Exercise (ACE) found that many people who made the switch to wear VFF's continue to land on their heels. The researchers found that runners wearing the VFF had twice the loading rate compared to runners using "normal shoes" if they landed on their heels.

You would already know that 2 times loading rate is still fairly low, especially so if you have come to the running workshop. This is actually considerably less than another study done by prominent barefoot running researcher Daniel Lieberman who found that barefoot runners who landed on their heels had impact forces 7 times higher than if you land on your heels in shoes.

As discussed in the workshop, barefoot running is a skill that needs to be mastered. The ACE study had their runners do a 2 week "familiarization" period in the VFF, where they ran 20 minutes a day to get used to it. However, 50 % of runners still landed on their heels after the 2 week familiarization period, while in Lieberman's study, 83% of his runners were still heel striking.

Hence, it doesn't matter what you shoes you wear, it's how good your running technique is and how you land that really matters. That means if you master the technique, you can run in literally any shoes you want.

It is then important for me to add that if you as a coach/ physiotherapist/ personal trainer etc are asking your athletes/ patients/ clients etc to run barefoot, you need to teach them the right way to do it and you need to make sure you will make them good enough to avoid them getting hurt. If not, you've caused them to be injured despite your good intentions.

Please contact us if you want to learn how to run pain free.


Lieberman DE, Venkadesan M et al. (2010). Foot Strike Patterns & Collision Forces in Habitually Barefoot Versus Shod Runners. Nature. Jan 463(7280): 531-535.

Read the ACE article (and the link to the paper) here.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

KT 2 On 250312

Here are more pictures from day 2 of the course.

The participants also learned that the Ram's head technique  (Fascia Correction) can also be done at the elbow joint (or knee) and not just at the ITB - something previously not taught before (Picture 2).

Mechanical Correction of the PF joint

Ram's head

The participants

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kinesio Taping KT 1 Course On 240312

The first KT 1 course for the year held @ Progress Healthcare. We have overseas participants from Malaysia and the Philippines as well as local participants of course.

Teaching the glut medius taping

Close up of the glut medius taping

Participants in action

Stay tuned for KT 2 tomorrow.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Are Our Backsides Getting Bigger?

Rain or shine, I still ride my bicycle to work, I hardly ever take buses or the MRT. But this is what I came across in the papers.

Read in the New York Times that their Transport Authority is reassessing the width of the seats on their public transport as their nation's citizens' backside size is ever increasing.

Wonder if LTA considers that since they are increasing the number of our buses & trains.


Here's the NY times article.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Look

No this is not what you imagine. Great work done by Brian Dettmer who does his carvings one page at a time out of medical journals, old encyclopedias, anatomy illustration books etc.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sports Injuries Talk/ Kinesio Taping Workshop @ SMRT

Sports Solutions did a Sports Injuries management talk followed by a Kinesio Taping awareness course for SMRT Sports & Recreation Club at their club house at Bishan this evening.

Please contact us if you're keen to have talks/ workshops for your company.