FOOT HEALTH 101: The Basics to Functional Footwear for Men & Women
Looks can be deceiving, why aesthetics are not the only reason to purchase a shoe.
The short-term comfort of foam and air is having a long-term effect on our health. Most shoes are made to look cool and trendy and demand you get another pair of sneakers to add to your collection. Big shoe companies make claims that their shoes can even enhance your performance by increasing efficiency and reducing injury when you run. They use fun color schemes and fancy sparkles and try to convince you that your foot can't perform well without it. If these products really did help you run better then why didn't I take first place in my relay race I did a few years back? If your shoes can take away your heel pain then why are we still selling orthotics to people? They try to make you think that their technology in footwear is a necessity for your moving life. But I think the most incredible piece of technology to...
Four Reasons Movement is Crucial to Injury Recovery
An injury can be the dark storm cloud of any day for anyone. They are painful, imply a long road to recovery, and are severely limiting. At Rooted MVMT, one of our core beliefs is continual movement. Anything from taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to extensive workouts multiple days a week are important to maintaining a healthy, injury prone body. Sometimes though, an injury strikes regardless of our healthy practices and we are left to deal with it. The quickest, safest, and most effective road to injury recovery involves movement. The old adage, “use it or lose it” explains the nature of our claim: if we fail to utilize our ability to move, it slowly fades away. So, when we are injured, when we are incapable of moving as freely as before, we must strengthen and keep our bodies active by moving.
Why is movement so crucial to injury recovery?
Think about how our muscles grow when we work out: we tear them...
How do Olympic Shooting and tactical athletes need to train? The physical, psychological, and emotional demands of these disciplines are high. Therefore, those who want to be successful at these sports and professions for a long time need to have a structured training plan in place to help facilitate the goals of enhanced performance with reduced injury risk.
Where to Begin?
All intelligently designed training plans should begin with a thorough assessment that takes the whole body into consideration looking for movement quality, impairments, and potential limiting factors that could lead to pain, injury, discomfort, and result in detriments is shooting performance. Therefore, I begin all of my evaluations by working with the feet from the ground up. The feet are our only contact with the ground and are intimately connection to the hips, pelvis, and low back. They also communicate necessary, nutritious information and data to our brain that tells our body how to...
Movement is something that we often take for granted…until we can’t do it. The reason
why MOVEMENT is the foundational pillar of MVMNTTM is simple: To move is to be
alive. Every living thing on this earth must move, shift, advance, grow, develop or
evolve. But, before we dive deeper into why movement matters, and its purpose, I
I believe it is important to shed light on the very opposite of movement: stagnation.
Think of a pond that has algae growing on it. The algae grow as a result of the water
ceasing to move or circulate. Thus, the cessation of moving water develops a growth
of bacteria on its surface that makes it less drinkable and less beneficial for the
wildlife around it. In this example, the stagnant water represents a human body that is
motionless and begins to develop tension and stiffness. In the absence of flowing
energy, we become more susceptible to disease and illness. When we are not
moving often and not circulating the blood,...
We believe that rehabilitation and training for performance are one in the same. They may fall on different ends of the spectrum of athleticism, but the process of progression is identical. It’s about understanding your weaknesses, learning how to move your body well, and building capacity and durability with progressive overload to handle whatever life throws at you. Whether you are a former athlete or a recreational one, whether you are currently going to the gym with the same old training routine from 10 years ago or perhaps that nagging knee pain after running sprints keeps coming back -technology has a way to help you. With telehealth and online personal training, the trainer and P.T. can come to you! Whether on your laptop, ipad or cell phone, virtual physical therapy and fitness coaching provides flexibility and expert knowledge at an affordable price.
Hi Friends! I am Coach Paige, the movement specialists and strength coach at Rooted in...
“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Will?...”
The next time you get under a heavy barbell, give yourself the following cues:
How confident did you feel just now? Are you ready to smash a new PR? Words are neurological events and what we hear is transformed by the brain into emotional, conceptual, and potentially even danger signals (3). Words are very powerful tools, and have the ability to bring healing or cause harm depending on what words are used, and how they are delivered.
As a coach, using the “right” words in the gym or on the field can activate both the pain-busting opioid networks (7). and the feel-good dopamine-driven reward systems in the brain, producing motivation, effort, and empowerment. Using...
As we learned in Power Athlete Episode - 251 with Adriaan Louw, working with athletes in pain is a tricky business, but one that has fast become an integral component of today’s training environment.
As strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, or sport coaches,we will encounter men and women who are managing some sort of pain, and the effectiveness of this management factors into the successes and failures of our programs. Therefore, in order to help these individuals, we need to truly grasp the concept of pain and understand how it affects our athletes on both a physical and mental playing field. Is all pain the same? What happens when pain persists? Such questions quickly lead us down a rabbit hole, attempting to seek complex answers from medical providers who may not have the slightest clue about the athletes we work with.
The aim of this article is to answer those questions, explain the difference between acute and chronic pain, and provide...
Did you know that the US healthcare system spends approximately two billion dollars a year on the management of pain due to sport-related injuries alone? Beyond just the physical discomfort, this pain creates a huge financial burden for athletes when it comes to things like rehabilitation costs and loss of salary.
These statistics are staggering, but the fallout from...