In this episode Dr Chris Napier, Physiotherapist and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia (and 2:33 marathoner) summarises his recent BJSM editorial on the logical fallacies in the running shoe debate, and we talk about how runners (both uninjured and injured) should choose shoes, what the evidence tells us (and doesn’t yet tell us), how much focus and attention running shoes seem to get (and whether this is warranted), and is it just all about comfort?
About Chris Napier:
Chris is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and an associate member of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. He obtained his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth, Australia, in 2003, and his PhD (“Running biomechanics and injury prevention”) at UBC in 2018. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialized his training with postgraduate studies in manual therapy and sport physiotherapy, achieving his Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy in 2007.
In this episode, we talk with the physical therapist, Richard Willy. Rich explains what tissue capacity is, what he looks for during a gait analysis, the benefits and pitfalls of ‘wearables’, and how footwear may fit into the whole picture. He also summarised the key differences between treadmill and overground running, with good take homes for clinicians who analyse their athletes on the treadmill and then extrapolate that to the outside world.
About Rich Willy:
Dr. Richard Willy, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at University of Montana. Rich received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his master of physical therapy from Ohio University. In addition to his research interests, he been a clinician for 18 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendon injuries and tibial stress fractures. As well as publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Willy is a national and international presenter on his research and clinical expertise on how to evaluate and treat the runner with injuries. Dr. Willy and his research have been featured in Runner’s World multiple times.
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