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LECTURE ABSTRACT: RUN SAFELY FOR LIFE! BAREFOOT or SHOD New more effective approaches of evaluating and restoring the human spring mechanism, IVO Congress, Sydney, Australia, 2011

Lecture Abstract
Title: RUN SAFELY FOR LIFE! BAREFOOT or SHOD – New more effective approaches of evaluating and restoring the human spring mechanism
Presented by Dr. James Stoxen DC
To be presented for review and consideration to lecture at the IVO Congress March 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2012, Sydney, Australia

Overview/Introduction

I chose the subject of barefoot running and the human spring model of biomechanics because running barefoot demands near perfect impact resistance and biomechanics. With the
recent release of the Harvard Barefoot vs Shod study published in Nature Magazine in 2010 millions wondered if running shoes are healthy for us. Is any binding or motion-altering device healthy for us? Since the release of this research study, physicians have had to ex
plain why running barefoot is a safe and effective way to run for many people, but not for others.
METHOD
The current standard of care, relying heavily on regional examination and treatment, doesn’t allow doctors to make an accurate determination about the safety of barefoot running for their patients.
Using the human spring model and the laws of physics and engineering to quantify mathematically if this spring mechanism is capable of protecting the body from these impacts, is the optimum model for study. I will present new innovative examination approaches to examine  the body’s spring impact resistance mechanisms to allow physicians to better determine if athletes are capable of barefoot running safely.
In my presentation I will demonstrate and discuss:

  • The primary causes of weakness in the spring suspension system that lead to reduced impact resistance.
  • Innovative new orthopedic tests to evaluate the spring suspension system’s capacity to resist 1 – 2x,  3 – 4x, and more than 5x the body’s weight in forces of impact on the unsupported or bare foot.
  • The three steps to restoring the human spring mechanism to allow for safer impacts with greater forces on the body

Results
Not only has the restoration of the health of their spring systems allowed my patients to transition from chronic pain to a pain free life by restoring the human spring impact resistance mechanism.
The goal of my treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention approach is for patients to aspire for rehab, and the eventual training approach of safe performance barefoot running. In fact, at age 48, last year I ran 300 miles barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without a single complication.
Conclusion
After delegates learn these innovative examination techniques to test the integrity of the human spring impact resistance mechanism, they should provide the tools needed to determine if it is safe for their patients to stand, walk, jog, run shod or barefoot, without resultant stress, strain, wear and tear, inflammation or pain.
Make no mistake, we should all be giving our patients the opportunity to be carefully and correctly assessed and treated with a view allowing them to run – for life.

Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Best Selling Author. He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago, one of the most recognized treatment centers in the world. He is a much sought-after speaker giving over 1000 live presentations and has lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He’s been asked to be the keynote speaker to specifically lecture on his human spring approach to thoracic outlet syndrome and other medical conditions. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. (Full Bio) Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at teamdoctors@aol.com

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