"Ooogha Mungo Ghanga"
In recent months, I’ve been reading a lot on the topic of Running Form, Injury Prevention, Running Footwear and correlations among all three. This process has included many books, articles and research data. After much scrutiny and contemplation I’m forming a few theories, not the least of which is that, occasionally, respected authors throw logical analysis right out the window, seemingly when in conflict with the point they wish to make.
I bristle at the widely accepted premise among intelligent writers, as well as intelligent, experienced runners, that because Paleolithic Man was a barefoot runner, the human species is more efficient running in a barefoot-like shoe. Oxymoronic descriptions aside, the same arguments advocated in several recent running tomes (and abetted by the same lack of analytic depth) might look like this if expanded to other fields:
• Modern Bad - Cave Days Good!
Carpenters should toss away modern hammers and use only stone-hewn tools. Evidence proves using modern hammers can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
• Fire Better!
Electricity? …please. Sure it may appear to make life more comfortable (for a while), but millions of people are injured each year by products powered by electricity.
• Stuff Fall Down!
Infrastructure made from concrete and other man-made materials are simply cave-ins waiting to happen. Scientific studies indicate that structures made of modern materials collapse under too much stress. One conclusion to be drawn (and the only conclusion to be included here) is that it is time we go back to building walls, etc as our ancestors made them, by gathering and piling rocks one upon another.
When framed in these contexts, these assumptions do not bear scrutiny. They lack both logic and complete analysis. When considered further, there are several valid alternatives:
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be easily avoided by using the proper tool for the job and by taking obvious and appropriate precautions while doing a particular activity
• Electricity is ...