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Thursday, August 11 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
(5-5:30) The Art of Barefoot Running and Walking

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James Joyce once said : “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery”. I have made all the running errors in my life. Medical training is void of evaluating, preventing, and rehabilitating running injuries. The little we did learn was always based on treating a symptom and not the cause. We call this model “palliative” medicine. Learning the names of the bones and muscles and tendons of the foot give us little insight into how this remarkable biological machine actually works. Indeed, the foot—the least understood of all moving body parts—is the orchestrator and foundation of all motion. The foot is perfectly designed for its most important functions: absorbing shock, sending signals to maintain stability, and forward propulsion. Together we will learn how to retrain your foot and movement pattern and become reborn to run and walk as you once did as a child without shoes. Most important you will rediscover the joy of getting in touch with the ground.

(Workshop followed by an optional barefoot run.)

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Mark Cucuzzella

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote health and better fitness in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. In his community and medical school he has been... Read More →

Thursday August 11, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Outside (meet on UMC patio)