The Science of Running -Interview with Dr. Chris Napier

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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:

  1. The phases of the running cycle (initial contact, midstance, toe off, swing, float).
  2. How can we minimize impact during the “loading phase”?
  3. Will running ruin your knees?
  4. Things that an older runner can do to reduce their risk of injury.
  5. Should a person try to retrain themselves to land more on their forefoot?
  6. What a runner can do to improve their form right now.
  7. Is the optimal cadence really 180 steps per minute?
  8. Incorporating strength work to improve your running.

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Chris Napier’s Twitter: @runnerphysio

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2 Responses to The Science of Running -Interview with Dr. Chris Napier

  1. Adolfo Salgueiro May 3, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    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 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.

    • Angie Spencer May 4, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

      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.

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