Archive for the ‘Technical Papers’ Category

AFX Technical Paper – Athletic Performance

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

You have HUGE hamstrings, KILLER quads and calves that KICK-BUTT… so why is your athletic performance below expectations? You can’t shoot a cannon out of a canoe, you need to strengthen your feet! This AFX Technical Paper looks at the latest scientific research on the incredibly important role that foot, toe and ankle strength play in athletic performance including balance, agility and vertical jump. Click the link to download a PDF of the Athletic Performance – Technical Paper, and be sure to check out our free athletic performance programs & videos on our Training page by clicking here.

AFX Technical Paper – Stress Fractures & Acute Fractures

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Stress fractures are among the most prevalent sports injuries, accounting for approximately 10% of all overuse injuries. Of those, lower extremity stress fractures have been reported to account for 61,2% to 97% of all stress fractures in athletes! Acute fractures are also very common, with approximately 10% of them occurring in the bones of the foot. This AFX Technical Paper examines the latest research on acute fractures and stress fractures, ways to reduce the risk of them occurring, and exercises to help you prevent and treat fractures. Stress fractures and Acute Fractures – Technical Paper

AFX Technical Paper: Achilles Tendinosis/Tendinitis

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Most common in sports requiring a lot of running, jumping and change of direction, Achilles tendinosis (aka. Achilles tendinitis) is one of the most challenging foot and ankle injuries from which to recover. In this Technical paper we explore the various causes, mechanism of injury, risk factors, prevention, and why eccentric loading is the gold standard of care. We’ve also added some easy-to-do exercises and stretches to keep you in the game, or improve your recovery if you have suffered an injury. Download the AFX Technical Paper – Achilles Tendinosis/Tedinitis pdf here.

AFX Technical Paper: MTSS aka. “Shin Splints”

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

When most people hear the term ‘shin splints’, they tend to think of a very painful condition caused by stress fractures in the shin. While they are right that it definitely can be very painful, ‘shin splints’ is actually a catch-all phrase that can refer to many different types of activity-related lower leg pain – not just fractures. In this Technical Paper we look at one of the most common form of shin splints: Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). How common? It has been reported that 13.1% of all running injuries and a whopping 22% of all aerobic dance injuries are MTSS. One of the best solutions? Download and read our MTSS (“Shin Splints”) – Technical Paper, and then strengthen & stretch!

AFX Technical Paper: Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Anyone who has ever suffered from plantar fasciitis usually describes it in one word: ‘miserable’. In this Technical Paper we look at the latest scientific research on plantar fasciitis, and explain how strengthening and stretching exercises can help improve the condition. To download a pdf copy click here: Plantar Fasciitis – Technical Paper, and for a video of some of the exercises reviewed in the paper, visit our Rehabilitation page.

AFX Technical Paper: Ankle Sprains & Ankle Instability

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Next to cuts and bruises, ankle sprains are the most common activity-related injury and shockingly, more than 40% of all ankle sprains progress to chronic conditions. ‘Walk it off, it’s just a sprain” is the worst advice you can give or receive! Our Ankle Sprains_AI – Technical Paper (pdf download) examines the latest science of ankle sprains, and shows how a simple strengthening and stretching program can get you back in the game even stronger than before the injury occurred.

Technical Paper: Can Eccentric Loading Cure Tendinitis?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The potential benefits of eccentric loading are incredibly exciting when it comes to the foot and ankle, not only for strengthening but also for rehab. This Technical Paper explains what eccentric loading is, the innovative research that has been happening in the last 10 years, and how you can perform eccentric loading with AFX to help resolve ailments such as Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis, and the most common form of Shin Splints. To download the two-page pdf, click here: Technical Paper: AFX Eccentric loading & tendinitis …and for a free copy of the AFX Eccentric Loading Program and Video, visit: AFX Rehabilitation

Technical Paper: Importance of Foot & Ankle Strengthening For Dancers

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Dancers perform a multitude of incredibly complex movements utilizing jumps and positions requiring precise balance, so foot and ankle strength and mobility are a must – not only for optimal performance, but also to reduce the risk of foot and ankle injuries, which account for approximately 57% percent of all dance related injuries. To download a pdf copy click AFX Dance Technical Paper …and for a free copy of our AFX Dance Strengthening Program, visit our AFX Training page.

Basketball Training Program using AFX

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Get the most out of your basketball season this year by incorporating AFX into your strength and conditioning routine.  To see the program used in the successful clinical trial by the UBC and SFU men’s varsity basketball teams please click on the following link:  Basketball training program

Eli Manning – NOT getting off on the right foot…

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Eli Manning’s foot issues: Cuboid affecting the Q-B?

Cuboid Stress Syndrome

Any of you that follow NFL football are likely aware of the ongoing saga involving Eli Manning’s foot injury. It has been reported that the New York Giants’ quarterback is suffering from cuboid stress syndrome, and most wonder what effect this has had on his performance this year. I thought I would write a short blog on the ailment and look at how strengthening needs to be a key component of Manning’s recovery, along with prevention of future recurrence.