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What is PodChatLive?

PodChatLive is a monthly livestream for continuing learning of Podiatrists. PodChatLive is broadcast live on Facebook after which it is later placed on YouTube. Each livestream includes a different invitee or number of guests to discuss a unique theme each time. Requests are answered live by the hosts and guests throughout the show on Facebook. Additionally there is a PodCast version of each stream offered on iTunes and Spotify and also the other usual podcast sources. The hosts have developed a sizeable following which is growing. PodChatLive is regarded as one of the ways in which podiatrists can get free continuing education points.

In the 1st event that began it all, it turned out entirely unplanned and a unexpected action to take. One of the creators, Craig Payne from Melbourne in Australia found himself in England for two days during the way home from meetings in Spain and Portugal without much to do. Whilst there he dropped in at Ian Griffith’s house and while discussing after a meal they realized none of them had ever recorded a Facebook Live so they decided to have a go to see what happens. They did a Facebook Live discussion from Ian’s kitchen. Inspite of the very “amateur” and completely “unrehearsed” character of the live stream, it was met with interestingly good feedback and so they got some deep thinking questions during the live. So that they began questioning if there is some mileage in performing something like this more frequently. And therefore a regular livestream was developed to in due course be called, PodChatLive. In this PodChatLive, Craig speaks about and reveals which was the research paper which changed his beliefs the most, and they also chat about junk science, pseudoscience, research translation. Some other topics come up were concerns on what is inappropriate with cuboid syndrome – we all know it whenever we see it, but its difficult to define. In addition, they talked about Craig’s favourite airport terminal to have breakfast in.

I the acute:chronic workload ratio important for athletes?

Injury is always a challenge for professional athletes in sports activity and every athlete and team will be looking into approaches to avoid injuries. You can find mainly two types of injury that could occur in sport. One is the trauma that is much harder to prevent and depends on methods like rule modifications to protect players and also the use of protective gear. The additional form of injury would be the one linked to the training stresses and it is usually an too much use kind of injury. To circumvent these kinds of injuries, there needs to be a cautious management of just how much work or training that the athlete does. It is vital that exercise loads are increased slowly but surely so that the athlete's body has time to adjust to the stresses that are. If you have too much load, then an injury is more prone to take place.

There have been designed a range of monitoring methods in which are utilized to keep a check on the athlete's training to make sure they have acceptable rests and breaks to make sure that the tissues may adjust to those loads. A particular concern is when the athlete has a surge or quick increase in the exercise load when compared to the historical past exercise load. A ratio, known as acute:chronic workload ratio was developed with the acute workload being what the athlete has been doing within the last week and the chronic workload being what they've done in the last 30 days. If you have a spike in this proportion, they'll likely are considered to be at risk for injury. Even though this will seem reasonably clear-cut, there is definitely large debate about the science that back up this ratio. A recently available episode of PodChatLive talked about these topics with Franco Impellizzeri on these problems using the concept and ways in which it may be worked ahead into the long run.

How to select the correct running shoe?

The relationship between the use of the right running shoe and getting a running injury is a controversial topic. There are strongly help opinions for both sides of this debate and there is not a lot of scientific research to help resolve the debate. The belief is that a runner needs the correct running shoe for their biomechanics in order to prevent an overuse injury from occurring, so if the wrong shoe is used there is an increased risk for injury. However, the actual evidence that supports that commonly held content is just not there leading to the opinions and debates about this issue.  The running shoe market is worth several billion dollars and up to half or more runners gets an injury each year, so a lot is at stake in this debate.

On an episode of the podiatry livestream, PodChatLive the hosts talked with the runner and podiatrist Michael Nitschke about this issue and what role, generally does the running shoe play in running injury. They also specifically discussed a new shoe from Nike which they claim will lower the injury rate. There is some Nike funded research that supports this claim, but that research has not yet been published leading to lots of conjecture and further fuelling the debate on this issue. The episode was valuable as it considered all the issues without taking one side or another. The two hosts and Michael Nitschke are all runners themselves and have to make decisions not only for what shoes are they going to run in but also make recommendations to their patients that they see with clinical problems. This has to be done in the context of the uncertainty with all the evidence that underpins the prescription and use of running shoes. Above all, they believe that comfort is probably the most important factor to consider when making decisions about running shoes.