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June 25, 2016

Dr. David Cosman

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

 

This series of running tips comes in the midst of working with runners from every level since over 3 decades. My theme often reverts to technique fundamentals; the science of the sport.  Since the 1970s, I was fortunate enough to train and work with amazing athletes and brilliant coaches.  In sports, fads and advances like shoe design, analytics and training drills might change, but the fundamentals remain true. 

I am a sports injury doctor, therapist, trainer, teacher and retired athlete. Since 1984 my clinical and international touring practice has cared for athletes ranging from amateur-novices to elite-professionals.  I’ve coached runners and they did well, but coaching is a dedicated job, and I’m focused on treating injuries.

 

I enjoy teaching the sports science of running technique to both coaches and runners. The fundamentals apply in pretty well every sport, not to mention plain walking.  

 

Regarding sports injuries, my team and I treat and prevent conditions with chiropractic adjustments, various combinations of advanced athletic/physical therapy including active and passive rehab, Stecco Fascia Manipulation (Levels I, II and III), sports nutrition, and balance/strength/conditioning training.  Most therapies that I provide necessitate that I teach the science of efficient movement technique that the athlete/patient wasn’t aware of.  

 

Look for my team of care providers at various Action Asia Events.  We provide post race therapy and injury care services at selected mountain marathon races in Hong Kong, and we travel to most of the out of town events.   

 

Run well,

 

DC

June 29, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Road Training

Roads are commonly sloped to allow the rain to fall into the gutters.  

So it is nice to run in the middle of a road where the slope is neutral and flat.  

Otherwise, running back and fort...

June 29, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Track Training:  Once around and you've seen it all?

A great place to learn and reinforce technique is on the track, with a team or running partners.

There, a coach or partner can observe or take...

June 29, 2016

Sports Science Basic for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Runners and Compression Gear

I approve of compression gear for runners, but what you choose to wear is your individual choice. Compression gear worked hundreds of years ago for the Arrow Messengers, and it...

June 29, 2016

Sports Science Tips for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

For Action Asia Events

Cool Down

Your cool down should be fairly consistent from workout to workout, with similar  drill design as your warm up. This is the case for both long easy runs or if you did speed in...

June 29, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Weight Training For Runners

There is a season for everything in the gym, depending on the periodization of your strength and conditioning with regard to your sport.  Gyms offer more than weights, so take a...

June 28, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Foot Action:  Part 2; Foot Posture

Mechanically, the foot and ankle should go through a mild rolling action (pronation and supination) when walking or running.   Over-pronation is seen when a foot and ankl...

June 28, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Foot Action:  Part 1;  The "S" Word

As important as it might be for a top level sports doctor/scientist/therapist to have deep knowledge of foot mechanics and action, it's not so important for the run...

June 25, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Body position:  BE TALL, BE STRONG!

Running tall allows you to run stronger and easier than a slouched position would allow.  When you run, concentrate on “the task at hand” (running) and monitor your tech...

June 25, 2016

Sports Science Tips for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Hand Position and Arm Swing in Running

Arm swing helps spring-load the body’s fascia system, pumping and compressing muscles to get the best out of them.

The fascia in your body is connective tissue that acts...

June 25, 2016

Sports Science Basics for Runners

By Dr. David Cosman in Hong Kong

Breathing Problems

Be aware that a breathing problem might be a medical emergency.  Dangers come from cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, blood clots, obstructions, lung infections, blocked li...

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