Athletic Foot Function

Free Speed…Reducing Ground Contact Time and Increasing Foot and Ankle Stiffness

Would you like some free speed? If you are a runner or an athlete in practically any sport, does going faster without increasing your metabolic conditioning sound like a good deal? I hope you said “YES!” to those questions. I’m not kidding when I say that you can go faster, improve your performance and experience, and decrease injury risk at…

Running Shoe Selection 2020

This topic is an exciting one. The science of human biomechanics continues to advance and the footwear industry keeps evolving. I’ve been looking forward to this year’s update and wanted to share some observations and suggestions. Running shoe research and development drives much of the athletic, hiking, walking, and casual shoe markets. So, even if you don’t consider yourself a…

Plantar Fasciitis Be Gone!

One of the most common injury conditions for Lifetime Athletes…is the demon known as Plantar Fasciitis! It frustrates and debilitates many athletes, but it is a problem that can be solved. We just need to understand what it is, how it develops, and how to make it go bye bye forever. Plantar fasciitis, and improving foot function, is the focus…

Pronation, Foot Function, and Athletic Longevity

I think that title pretty much says it all. At least with respect to this week’s topic. May is Human Locomotion Month at The Lifetime Athlete and this week we are studying the motion of the foot and how it can be leveraged for peak performance and long term health. This week’s MasterClass took a deep dive into all things…

MasterClasses are Here!

As in TLA Health and Performance MasterClasses. That’s right, folks.  In addition to my Online Physical Therapy and Coaching/Training Services, I’m thrilled to announce that MasterClass Season 1 is here. These sessions are interactive, small-group webinars on the topics that you, my peeps/fam/tribe of lifelong peak-performing beasts, have asked about the most. Season 1 is May/June 2020. The theme for…

Tips for Training at Home

Depending upon your goals, conditioning level, and available equipment…training at home can be approached in many ways. It might feel limited, boring, and ineffective. But it doesn’t have to be — training at home can be diverse, fun, and successful. It just takes the right amount of creativity and scientific knowledge.  Working out at home can be extremely efficient since…

Mature(ing) Runners…Lessons from the MASTERS!

This is an article about running. It is a collection of wise practices from a group of runners. If you are interested in running for life, and staying healthy and competitive as you get older, please read on. However, if you are not into running, or health, or longevity…you may not be enthused to explore the pearl-rich nature of this…

Rehabilitation at HOME

#stayhome is a prudent message during the coronavirus pandemic. But what if you need rehabilitation from an injury or surgery? What does #rehabathome look like? First of all, please don’t misconstrue any of the following bits of information as overt medical advice. They are just general suggestions. Obviously, if you have any issues which have not been properly diagnosed, please…

The Coronavirus and Lifetime Athletes

As the world is engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to band together to most effectively deal with this crisis. My deep concern goes out to anyone who has been adversely affected. The information we’ve received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations, is important for us to employ. Recommendations regarding hygiene tactics, temporary social…

Breathing Mechanics

How we breathe can have a profound impact upon our autonomic nervous system state as well as the degree of movement variability we have in our system. Autonomic nervous system states are the parasympathetic (rest and digest) and sympathetic (fight or flight) conditions.  Slow, deep breathing with an emphasis on nasal inhalations can augment the parasympathetic side of the equation.…