No Stretching for Runners and all Athletes!

Stop Stretching

Learn why stretching can actually cause more harm than good. There’s no reason to static stretch especially if you’re concerned about performance or trying to heal up or prevent an injury. Stop stretching! Stretching for flexibility is a common practice for runners, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts at all levels, but …

Natural Movement

Natural Movement

Learn why natural movement each and every day can significantly improve your health and fitness. Natural movement is how our bodies are intended to move. Prevent and heal injuries faster too by moving your body through functional movements. Movnat/Natural Movement is an active movement workout and a physical education system …

Common Running Injuries

Running Injuries

Learn about some common running injuries as well as how and why they occur. Often an injury is a symptom of another problem rather than a cause. In this short video I touch on how to prevent common running injuries. I briefly discusses some causes of running injuries, running recovery, …

Are You On Drugs?

Athletes PEDs - Doping Athletes

Doping in athletes and PED in sports is once again prevalent in the news. Not simply because of the recent London Games, but the downfall of Lance Armstrong, who, as I write this, has stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation and dropped by Nike, RadioShack, and Anheuser-Busch. ESPN …

Let Your Kid Thrive Outside

Sock Doc Kids Moving

I wrote this article for the June/July edition of Paleo Magazine. For the full text and a lot of other great articles, grab one at Whole Foods or other locations or a digital copy here. The typical kid in today’s world isn’t outside much, and when indoors they’re not moving …

Joint and Tissue Repair – Enough to Make You “GAG”

joint pain

Joint and tissue health is an important topic among many people, especially athletes. Supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and other products are often taken when there is joint pain or degeneration, in hopes that a cure can be found in a bottle. Sometimes these substances work and sometimes they …

A Paleo Diet for Athletes for Superior Performance

caveguy

Paleo diets for athletes have become increasingly popular over the recent years. For athletes, a Paleo diet can provide optimal use of the fatty acid metabolic pathways. As your body becomes more and more accustomed to a reduced carbohydrate intake, intra-muscular triglycerides stores will increase along with increased efficiency of …

Vegan Athletes

Vegan Turkey

So you wanna be a vegan athlete – what the hell is wrong with you? Settle down vegans, I’m only kidding, (well partially), I know how easy it is to rile you guys up. It may be the protein deficiency and blood sugar instability that sets you all off so …

Sock Doc Runners Connect Podcast: Could Eating More Butter Help You Run Faster?

Sock Doc Runners-Connect Podcast

Check out this podcast I recently did with Tina at Runners Connect. We discuss many aspects of running, health, fitness, performance, minimalism, natural movement, and yes, even butter! This podcast covers a lot of material I haven’t discussed in any other podcast. For the direct link at Runners Connect click …

Breaking Muscle – Barefoot Basics: How to Regain Your Footing

Sock Doc Barefoot in France

Most humans have essentially lost their ability to support themselves without secondary support, either because of poorly developed biomechanics or underlying health problems. Walking or running barefoot is an ideal way to improve your proprioception (sense of position) and kinesthetic sense (the feedback your nervous system receives from your feet). …

Everything in Moderation?

diet-nutrition

Moderate Your Holiday Moderation With the holidays now upon us, Halloween through Easter is a long time to play the moderation card and slack off on diet, exercise, and your (hopefully) healthy lifestyle. It’s actually the time when your diet should be the most healthy and “clean” as cold temperatures, …

Grinding Away: Bruxism

athlete bruxism

The Night Grind: Bruxism Bruxism – it’s clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth sometimes to the point of actually breaking a tooth. When you’re awake, and conscious, the force your body can produce by grinding your teeth together is around 250 psi (pounds per square inch) in the back …

The British Trail Running Podcast

British Trail Running Podcast

Archi and I discuss injury prevention and all round health for the endurance athlete here on Episode 21 of the British Trail Running Podcast.  

VIVOBAREFOOT Mata Review: Barefoot Comfort

Sock Doc Vivobarefoot Mata

The Mata is Vivobarefoot’s new casual shoe for Spring 2015. It’s a slip-on shoe that is super comfortable to wear. The Vivobarefoot Mata is a leather all-occasion shoe – walking, working, and just an everyday sorta daily activity shoe. Of course, when you need or want to wear shoes.; hopefully …

Soft Star DASH RunAmoc Shoe Review

Soft Star RunAmoc

Soft Star recently sent me a pair of their Soft Star DASH shoes to try out and review. I’ve had a few patients come in with these shoes and they’ve only said good things about them. After wearing the shoes for just a few minutes I kinda thought “these shoes …

NSAIDs – I Still Say Never

ibuprofen

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – the infamous NSAIDs – touted by many to curtail inflammation, accelerate healing time, and even improve performance. But over the past several years there’s been more and more research supporting why you probably shouldn’t take an NSAID, due to the inherent dangers and the fact that …

Sock Doc Podcast #10 At Trail Runner Nation: Digging Deep Into Grab Bag

Podcast #10 at Trail Runner Nation. In this Sock Doc Podcast we discuss: Weirdest thing you have seen on the trail Importance of rest Mitochondrial Bio-genesis Perfume / Cologne debate Consistency in training Do you have the C & D? Foam Rolling You can also listen to the podcast at …

Truly BAREFOOT

Barefoot Sock Doc

See the attached PDF for my recent article in Paleo Magazine, August/September 2014 edition – “Barefoot“. Check out Paleo Magazine for more great articles.   Humans, with rare exception, should be able to function well while barefoot from birth until death. Although sadly many people are unable to walk, run, …

Aging Athletes: Your Excuse Is Getting Old

elderly running

See the attached PDF for my recent article in Paleo Magazine, June/July 2014 edition – “Your Excuse Is Getting Old“. Check out Paleo Magazine for more great articles.   It’s Your Excuse That Is Getting Old “Your joints ache because you’re old.” “You’re fat because you’re old.” “You don’t sleep …

Stress: “Make You, Break You”

Stress

See the attached PDF for my recent article in Paleo Magazine, April/May 2014 edition. Check out Paleo Magazine for more great articles. Stress: “Make You, Break You”   Stress: Make You, Break You Stress is that general term which many use to describe something that poses some threat to their …

Fifteen Reasons to Wear a Maximalist Shoe

maximalist shoe

You would rather say “maximal” than “minimal” when pointing to anything below your waist. You’re a trend-follower. Now that maximalist shoes are more popular than ever, you’ll follow suit. You’re secretly hoping that your favorite brand comes out with a glitter model since that’s in style now too. The minimalist …

Sugar Coating Your Performance

gas analyzer testing athletes

Welcome to Part V of the Sock Doc Essential Guide to Carbohydrates. Part IV was way back in June in which I discussed the hot topic of ketosis in athletes. Parts I-III discussed the many roles, both positive and negative, of carbohydrates in an athlete’s diet. The gist of the …

The Athlete’s Adrenal Glands

athlete adrenal glands

Your adrenal glands are small walnut-sized glands that sit on top of each kidney. Though they only weigh three to five grams, they’re responsible for producing hormones to provide your body with sufficient energy, balance blood sugar, fight inflammation, regulate electrolytes, maintain libido, sustain blood pressure, and provide your body …

Sock Doc Podcast With PaleoRunner

sock doc podcast

Check out my most recent podcast with Aaron Olson at PaleoRunner.org. I discuss stretching (well, not stretching), orthotics (umm, not using orthotics), minimalist/barefoot running, injury treatment and prevention, and a bunch of other great info. You can also Listen to the podcast in a new window or download (Right click …

The Ultra Dilemma

Ultra Racing Sock Doc

In today’s endurance world, covering longer distances has become the new and expected normal. Gone are the days when racing a fast 5K or 10K meant something and we’re even starting to lose the concept that running one marathon is a big deal. Yet much like triathletes feel it’s imperative …

The Ketogenic Athlete

drink eggs

Here in Part IV of the Sock Doc Essential Guide to Carbohydrates I’m going to discuss the hot topic of ketosis in athletes. Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver takes fat and proteins and produces molecules called ketone bodies to use for energy. Ketosis allows a starving person …

Condition Your Body to Burn Fat

bacon fat athletes

Conditioning your body to burn fat involves more than just training properly. Fat metabolism relies on a low stress lifestyle as well as a diet that promotes fat-for-fuel. I won’t go into proper training here – that’s been done over at the Sock Doc Training Principles and other areas on …

MovNat Podcast: Move Effectively & Efficiently

natural movement podcast

In this podcast I discuss many aspects of health, fitness, and natural movement principles with MovNat founder Erwan LeCorre. Learn more about MovNat here! You can also Listen to the podcast in a new window or download (Right click to save), or listen to the podcast at MovNat.com.

Consistency: Smart Training

mountain running

Consistency is an important concept when it comes to developing health and fitness. Being consistent with proper training, a healthy diet, and overall lifestyle habits will not only provide improved health and fitness but it will help you remain injury-free too. In this post I want to discuss training consistency. …

Sock Doc Podcast #5 At Trail Runner Nation: Is Running Bad For Your Health?

A new podcast is up at Trail Runner Nation. In this 5th Sock Doc Podcast, I discuss the news reports, research, and evidence behind the notion that exercise, specifically running, can be bad for your health. The article, “Enough of the Aerobic and Endurance Bashing Fostered by ‘New Research’ and …

Barefoot Chat Podcast With Barefoot Canada

Sock Doc Feet

In this informative podcast/slide show with Barefoot Moe of Barefoot Canada, we discuss the many benefits of living barefoot – running, walking, driving, and just hanging out. We also discuss the barefoot “movement/fad”, minimalist footwear, “Earthing”, and a whole lot more. I had a great time talking to Moe as …

It’s Not “Natural”, and Definitely Not Normal, to Die From Cardiac Arrest: The Death of Caballo Blanco

Micah True

It’s interesting to read a report, in this case an autopsy report, which reads that the individual died of heart disease that was “natural” when that person was only 58 years old and supposedly in excellent health. I’m referring to the sudden and to some extent, unexplained death of Micah …

VIVOBAREFOOT Breatho Review: Ultimate Trail Shoe

Sock Doc Trail Race in VIVOBAREFOOT Breathos

I recently received a complimentary pair of VIVOBAREFOOT’s newest barefoot trail running shoe – the Breatho. Over the past year I’ve transitioned my way out of traditional footwear including trail shoes into more minimalist-type shoes. As I am barefoot more often each and every day, I’ve realized that I can …

Sock Doc Podcast #1 At Trail Runner Nation

Injury Treatment & Prevention Podcast

Listen to my first ever podcast I recently did over at Trail Runner Nation. I discuss orthotics, stretching, footwear, and other running related topics with Don, Scott, and Faith. It was a lot of fun and those guys have a great site so check them out. (And yeah, I can’t …

Brick Workout

Brick Workout

Most triathletes know a brick workout to be one where you bike and then run immediately afterwords. Brick workouts are a great way to build endurance and get your body used to the bike to run transition. This guy gives a whole new meaning to a “Brick Workout.” I wonder …

Injinji Performance Toesocks Review

Injinji Performance Socks

Thanks to the gang at Injinji Toesocks for sending me a complimentary pair of their Performance Toesocks. Actually they sent me two pair because the first one went missing in my household of five, but was later retrieved after they sent me another pair. But that turned out great because …

Swiftwick Sock Review

Swiftwick Running Socks

Hey the Sock Doc’s gotta wear socks – and thanks to Swiftwick I’ve been wearing some nice ones this winter. Swiftwick sent me (gratis) some of their Aspire One Compression Socks (in photo) which are my favorite pair of socks in the drawer right now. They’re the ones that unless …