In episode 294 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Assoc Prof Max Paquette, Biomechanics Human Performance Centre Uni Memphis: 'Running Surface Interactions' on this expert edition episode.
Max Paquette is an accomplished Academic and Applied Scientist currently serving as an Associate Professor of the Human Performance Centre at the University of Memphis and the Director of the Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory. Max’s primary research interests have focused on the effects of different footwear, fatigue repetition, altered techniques and training interventions for injury prevention and performance improvement for runners.
Alongside Max’s academic work he's also a high endurance running coach including the coaching role with his Middle Distance Professional Runner wife, Lauren.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- What is surface interactions for runners
- Different types of surfaces
- Myths on running surfaces
- Running on soft surfaces for injured people
- What is leg stiffness and how does it work?
- How the body regulates stiff and soft surfaces
- Interaction of soft shoes and leg stiffness/impact forces
- Mechanisms on Super tracks (Mondo and Oregon Tracks)
- Strike patterns
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"Myth is - Soft surfaces are better than hard surfaces.”
- Soft surfaces potentially bad for muscles and tendons
- Hard surfaces are potentially bad on skeletal system
“Speed is very dependent on the surface.”
“How stiff is the spring of your lower limb basically is leg stiffness.”
“Rest a lot more.” - Physical Challenge
“Don’t take the same route, same surface all the time.” - Best Advice
To follow Max Parquette
Episode 264 of The Physical Performance Show featuring Max Paquette, Assoc Prof Biomechanics Human Performance Centre Uni Memphis: ‘Moving Beyond Weekly Mileage’
03:42 Welcome back Max
04:43 What is surface interactions for runners
06:25 Different types of surfaces
08:50 Myths on running surfaces
24:25 Running on soft surfaces for injured people
26:10 What is leg stiffness and how does it work?
32:53 How the body regulates stiff and soft surfaces
36:37 Interaction of soft shoes and leg stiffness/impact forces
41:00 Mechanisms on Super tracks (Mondo and Oregon Tracks)
45:22 Strike patterns
50:43 Max's take away on Running Surface Thesis
52:50 Physical Challenge
53:53 Best Advice on Surface Interaction
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