Posts for: December, 2020

December 11, 2020
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So as mentioned Marilyn and I were at our first ever virtual conference a couple of weeks ago and had the pleasure to listing to Dr Simon Bartold who has been at the cutting edge of the running shoe industry design for years.

One area he addressed was the evolution of so called "super shoes" aimed at elite performance runners, reducing energy loss and shock reduction. Largely this is achieved through carbon fibre plates, PEBAX soles to replace EVA and variations in heel hight and sole profile. It is actually pretty amazing geeky stuff. In a recent article Dr Bartold refers to some recent research.
Metabolic and performance responses of male runners wearing 3 types of footwear: Nike Vaporfly 4%, Saucony Endorphin racing flats, and their own shoes
Journal of Sport and Health Science Available online 29 November 2020 In Press, Journal Pre-proof
The nuts and bolts of this basically says the there was a consistent measurable reduction in energy use in the runners tested. Which ultimately means you can run longer and faster! However that technology does come at a considerable price.
As Dr Bartold reminded us the response to these technologies are unique to the individual runner, you may love or hate the feel but they do make a difference in performance for a proficient runner.

December 10, 2020
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It is a normal human reaction in times of stress to experience self doubt, anger, and frustration. We find ourselves doubting what we know and who we follow, and what we believe in. Many if you will have experienced situations like this before in times of war, terrorism, oppression, financial collapse or serious illness. And as in all of these situations people learn, caring for others and being cared for is what gets us through and allows us to tolerate the hardship.

During the good times it's too easy to become insular and detached from our communities.
In time like these our words and our actions can have tremendous effects on those around us, be they our children, neighbours, store clerk or workmate. We can lift them up and relieve their burden or we can depress and extinguish any flame of hope they have. Just like viruses our influence is infectious both positive and negative.
So please in this season of good will choose carefully our words and actions and be guided not by our needs but by the needs of those around us.
I just wanted to publicly thank our staff for embracing this philosophy. They work cheerfully, tirelessly for long hours, wearing protective devices, repeating tedious covid checks, dealing with sometimes hostile individuals, sanitizing and sterilizing endlessly on top of the myriad of other tasks they always did in the time before... .
So thank you again, you are what makes us possible.

This is an opportunity!. In times of crisis our words and actions define who we really are, both as individuals and as a nation.......SHINE! 

Podiatrist - Podiatry Associates , Whitby, Mississauga & Brantford