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DOR Podcast #88: The Value of Full Body Running Evaluations, and a Full Review of the Asics GlideRide 3

In this week's episode, we explore the value of getting a full body running evaluation from a clinician. Nathan, David, and Matt are back to explain how they go about evaluating runners in their own practices at physical therapists. They also take a look at common muscular, skeletal, and mobility weaknesses or restrictions in runners and how to address them. Before that, they review ASICS's brand new GLIDERIDE 3, which features their new FF Blast+ compound, giving a softer, more natural ride.

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0:00 - Introduction
1:20 - The Subjective: Have you ever had a full body running evaluation?
1:50 - ASICS Glideride 3 Review - Upper
6:56 - ASICS Glideride 3 - Midsole & Ride
23:34 - Who this shoe may work for
35:08 - Overview of full body running evaluations
43:59 - Common muscular weaknesses in runners
59:28 - Common mobility restrictions in runners
1:03:20 - Testing parameters in running evaluations
1:09:32 - The importance of running evaluations
1:16:14 - Wrap-up

Science Blog:
Rocker Sole Shoes

By DOR Team

The basic concept behind rocker soles is to help the foot and ankle roll through the gait cycle, thereby maintaining forward momentum. The foot and ankle, if working properly, have natural rockers that I have talked about before. The first is the heel rocker, which consists of the rounded calcaneus that upon initial contact and loading response helps roll the foot forward along the posterior aspect of the bone down to foot flat position in early midstance. Next is the ankle rocker, which during midstance (foot is fully on the ground) rolls the tibial-fibular complex over the rounded talus at the talucrural joint, effectively rolling the whole body over the foot. Finally during terminal stance to pre-swing (aka toe-off), the foot rolls over the metatarsophalangeal joints (aka most proximal joints of the forefoot where the major bend occurs), the toes dorsiflex (or at least they should) and at the same time the calf muscles produce their maximum torque/power to push the rest of the body over this area, which is what makes up the forefoot rocker.

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