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    Who's Power Is It Anyways? PDF Print E-mail
    Tuesday, 18 December 2007
    It's time to give health care back to the people.

    "Power to the people". You'd have to go back a few years to witness the cultural significance of this phrase. In the '60's, it was a rallying cry against The Establishment. It was used to protest the US involvement in the Vietnam War. It's been uttered by many a musician ranging from John Lennon to Public Enemy to James Brown.

    Everyone speaks of "power". But in health care, who's power is it anyways?
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    Running On The Moon PDF Print E-mail
    Monday, 12 November 2007
    It's become a popular rehab activities for runners. It's name: aqua jogging. Some use it as a means of "cross-training". Articles rave about it.

    Aqua jogging - otherwise known as "deep water running" - or how to become a better runner on the moon.

    You think I am joking? Let's look at the "evidence" and draw some conclusions.
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    Reflections On Kona 2007 PDF Print E-mail
    Wednesday, 17 October 2007
    I had the good fortune this year to be on hand for the 29th Ironman Hawaii World Championships in Kona this past weekend. Once again, we were given an amazing race with some amazing human performances. Every time I've been to Kona I have been reminded of how special this event really is.

    I want to reflect upon a number of surprising (and perhaps not-so-surprising) observations that I made during this year's race. Let's start with the obvious ones - those that seem to occur on a fairly consistent basis from year to year ...
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    Running Injuries - Part 3 PDF Print E-mail
    Monday, 01 October 2007
    The best option with regards to running injuries is to simply not get one in the first place. Unfortunately, if you take the data compiled by Runner's World magazine, 60% of runners will sustain an injury within a given year that will cause them to alter their training. I can only imagine the statistics for any given marathon training program.

    I would always go back to a simple caveat - if you're training, you're getting more "fit" (faster, stronger, etc) ... and if you're not, you're not. If you're injured, you're not training. If you're not training, you're not getting "fit". Simple.
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    Running Injuries - Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 30 August 2007
    I would suspect that if you read Part 1 of this series, you've probably been left with many questions. Perhaps there are some points that are counter to what you believe to be true - or what you've been told to be true. What I would offer at this point is that "evidence-based medicine" starts with evidence - which is science-based and not belief- or anecdote-based. In the process of finding better ways to look at injuries and their optimal and effective rehabilitation we will almost certainly be uncomfortable with what we discover along the way. It is the ability of the clinician in dealing with this objectively that sets them apart and frees them to find the best options.

    If there is a discrepancy of viewpoints regarding the assessment of running injuries, then it snowballs immensely when we discuss treatment options.
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    Running Injuries - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
    Sunday, 19 August 2007
    It's that time of year again. Fall will soon be here (hard as that is to imagine when it's 100 degrees outside) and training programs for the AT&T Marathon and Half Marathon in Austin will be starting. There will be hordes of runners on Town Lake on the weekends. From the perspective of "health", it's great to see people out exercising. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings with it a plethora of running injuries.

    Since that's the case, this is the first of a three part series on running injuries.
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    The Culture Of 755 PDF Print E-mail
    Friday, 10 August 2007
    It seems like everyone is talking about "it" - performance enhancement - these days. Whether it's Barry Bonds breaking the 755 home run record - or the multiple positive doping tests in this year's Tour de France - or even going back to Ben Johnson's 100m performance in the 1988 Summer Olympics - the topic of "performance enhancement" swirls about our culture.

    When sport performance equates to dollars and cents, then there are always the questions of "how to do it - and if it's not legal, how to do it without getting caught". It is pervasive in our culture - and it's not just the athletes and coaches in whom this exists.
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    The Passive Abyss PDF Print E-mail
    Tuesday, 31 July 2007
    I recently found myself on the "client" side of the health care equation. I was on vacation - Canada to be exact - visiting my family and looking forward to some rest and relaxation. It would be a nice change of pace from the summer in Austin, that's for sure. Within hours of my arrival, I was stepping out onto my father's front porch ... placed my foot in an awkward position ... and suddenly, I felt an ouch. I sat down - and within moments, found myself trying to problem-solve my way out of it. That's the physical therapist in me - collecting data, assessing my active and passive ranges of motion, trying to make sense of my apparent clumsiness doing something I've done routinely for 40-odd years!
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    Competent Self Care PDF Print E-mail
    Wednesday, 18 July 2007
    In today's world, the paradigm of health care is based around "going to see a provider for care". Yes, there are certainly instances and circumstances in which this is a necessary scenario. The question I pose today is this - how many health-related issues do we experience that can be readily dealt with on the basis of self-care strategies - if we simply knew how to use them?

    Many of the chronic health issues facing our society today - for example, heart disease and diabetes - are integrally related to self-care. "Lifestyle changes" are critical to success with many (if not all) long-term chronic conditions. Along with these chronic conditions, we have another set of conditions that are self-limiting and have their own natural history. Consider the common cold as but one example. How many people get it? Lots. But it has it's own self-limiting course that it takes, and with time (and an environment in which the immune system can respond as it is designed), the condition goes away.
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    The Summertime Blues PDF Print E-mail
    Thursday, 12 July 2007
    I am a blues lover ... sing the blues, play the blues, either way I enjoy it. Austin's a great place for live blues music - and admittedly one of my original reasons for moving here. But there is another type of blues that I don't enjoy quite so much - let's call that the summertime blues. When I think of summer in Austin, I think of the heat.

    In order to survive a summer of training in the heat, you've got to have some strategies. We all know that training in the heat can become a real challenge. It seems harder to maintain your training pace – if anything, you may feel like you’re running slower. You’re lethargic. Perhaps it just seems like a lot of work. You can't go out early enough in the morning to avoid it. You feel like you can't drink enough to make up for it. So training in the heat is tough - that's a given. But what can be done to make the situation as good as possible?
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