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May Strength & Conditioning Research Questions


  • robert says:

    Great work from both of you on doing this for rest of us, lazy ones 🙂

    Looking forward to every issue of S&C research, great info. I think that every serious strength&conditioning coach (and PT, personal trainer…) should read this or whole researches. To get in touch with reality and science.

    Take care and looking forward for new issue tomorrow

  • Anoop says:

    Looks great Brett!

  • Steve says:

    Your research review has been SOOOOOOO much more beneficial than digging through the internet and NSCA “blue books”. Can’t thank you and Chris enough for putting this together. See you in KC

  • This is QUITE a list!

    BTW, did you see my critique of the University of Colorado “barefoot economy” study?

    • Bret says:

      Hi Steven, you raise some good points but I feel that you might be a little overly-critical here. The sprint guys do the same thing in my opinion. But I suppose all we can do is wait for more/better research to emerge using overground force plates, etc. There were actually a few good articles we reviewed this month on barefoot running and it’s good to see researchers giving the topic more attention.

  • Andy says:

    Steven Sashen, I agree with you. I’m not sure where they came up with running 8 km/week as “substantial.” If the study was measuring people running 7.5 mph, I’m assuming they were evaluating long distance runners. Haile Gebrselassie ran 20 km/day for his round trip to and from school barefoot for several years of his childhood. There is a colossal difference between Gebrselassie and most people on this planet. We cannot compare someone who started running barefoot for a few kilometers a week in the past year, as an adult to him or anyone else who is more than likely highly efficient at running without anything on his feet. I wonder if the elite African distance runners train in the training shoes that Nike, Adidas, etc. pay them to wear when said runners are training out of the media’s sight or if they train in the same shoes they race in. I also wonder if they would race in shoes if they were not paid to do so. Obviously, spikes are helpful on a track when sprinting. I have no idea if they’d be superior to barefoot running, even for the few who are capable of running under 12:50 for 5,000 meters. I’d love to see a study like that! Now that I’ve typed all that, I just realized I’m hijacking. Sorry, Bret. For the record, I’ve learned a lot from you and I enjoy your website and your work even though you’ve written some articles that are a bit too scientific for my brain. Haha.

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  • charlie hoolihan says:

    Hey Bret

    The final study in the May S/C review had a curious anomaly.

    ” he found that by reviewing injury data from a local track team
    and correlating it with the type of foot strike the runners currently used, the overall rate of repetitive stress injuries per distance run was more than twice as high in shod forefoot
    strikers versus rear-­‐foot strikers, suggesting that rear-­‐foot
    striking may be more problematic than forefoot striking”

    These seem to be contradictory statements especially coming from Liebermann and an article that repeatedly emphasizes the benefits of forefoot running. Maybe a transposition error??

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