The Minimalist Running Movement: What To Tell Your Patients

Expert guidance on the barefoot running controversy

Jon Mulholland, DC, CCSP, CSCS

Middle distance and long distance running events are becoming some of the fastest growing sports in the US.

But as a result of poor training, over training, and a lack of understanding of the physiological principles of effective running, many runners end up coming to see you with running-related injuries.

It doesn’t help that myths about running are abundant.

Take, for example, the minimalist or barefoot running movement. Proponents of minimalist running say that running without shoes, or in minimally padded footwear, is safer and more effective, while critics point out that barefoot running often leads to an increase in injuries.

If your patient asks for your opinion on minimalist running, what would you tell them?

Here’s Jon Mulholland, DC, CCSP, CSCS, on what you need to know:

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Dr. Jon Mulholland is a sports chiropractor and strength coach who has helped athletes of all levels with injury recovery and performance enhancement. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 1996, and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2000. Additionally, he has post-graduate certifications as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

In addition to running his own practice, Dr. Mulholland has also acted as the Chiropractic Consultant for the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY, successfully treating dozens of Olympic athletes. He has traveled extensively as one of the team chiropractors for the US Bobsled & Skeleton Teams. He has worked multiple World Championship events in a variety of sports, and has treated athletes from dozens of different countries. He was also the Sports Medicine & Performance Enhancement consultant for the New Zealand Cycling Teams at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, where he helped the team win two Olympic medals.

Currently, he is the owner/operator of Ideal Athlete Chiropractic, a sports chiropractic clinic in Plattsburgh, NY. He also travels extensively lecturing on a wide variety of sports injury and rehabiliation topics.

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Topic: Advice | Running

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