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In this episode we speak with Dr. Chris Napier, Canadian runner and author of the book The Science of Running -Analyze Your Technique, Prevent Injury, and Revolutionize Your Training.
Interview with Dr. Chris Napier
Chris Napier, PhD. is a Canadian physical therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and is an avid marathon runner.
The Science of Running is a very helpful book packed full of diagrams, anatomical figures, and practical hands-on information including running anatomy, injury prevention (common injuries, dynamic stretches, drills, recovery stretches), strength exercises for foot, ankle/hip, and knee/core, and how to train effectively.
Here are some of the points we cover in this interview:
- The phases of the running cycle (initial contact, midstance, toe off, swing, float).
- How can we minimize impact during the “loading phase”?
- Will running ruin your knees?
- Things that an older runner can do to reduce their risk of injury.
- Should a person try to retrain themselves to land more on their forefoot?
- What a runner can do to improve their form right now.
- Is the optimal cadence really 180 steps per minute?
- Incorporating strength work to improve your running.
Also Mentioned in This Episode
Chris Napier’s Twitter: @runnerphysio
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A great interview with the author, enough that I got back home from a walk while I listened to the podcast and made a trip to Amazon.com to order it. It just arrived. I quickly glanced at the book and I think it will be an amazing consultation book… Thanks for the recommentation.
Hi Adolfo 🙂 I’m glad that you enjoyed the interview and purchased the book. There’s definitely some fascinating information in there and it’s a very helpful reference source.