You can’t score in hockey if you don’t shoot. Wednesday’s Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightening Game 6 left me disappointed knowing that with all the talent the Bruins have, they could have scored more had they shot more. Why didn’t they? Who knows. We haven’t been this close to the Stanley Cup since 1992. In 1990 we were in the Stanley Cup finals. Tonight, we’re either going to be in the Stanley Cup finals playing for the National Hockey League’s Championship Title or we’ll be hitting the links (because that’s what hockey players do when their season’s over.)
You can’t say Boston didn’t have a well-thought plan. They played hard, but in the end the younger team prevailed. If only Boston had a little more stamina and stability, they might have had fewer injuries and successfully executed more types of shots. Five millimeters more control could have made a difference with one of those free shots or a critical passing maneuver.
There’s a level of passive influence that the ground imposes that could have been managed better – especially for these older players. A little more equipment management would have reduced demand on deficiencies and maximized overall resilience.
The Boston Celtics had all the heart, the skill and the training. But the ground is not moved by any of that.
If after a Marathon, you’re experiencing recurrent symptoms of injury, then it’s probable that there’s underlying pathomechanics producing tissue stress or more severe injury. It is important to get a medical assessment for any persistent problems and then consider maintenance from astutely selected and structured footgear to keep training.
It’s difficult to make recommendations about post-Marathon footgear because it’s highly individuated. Generally speaking, lightwear sandal oriented footgear should have structured insoles and reinforced outsoles with stability designed into the sandal. Open-back is fine as long as the sandal stays with you without excess demand on the toes or forefoot. Your footwear should protect you from excessive shock or pronation while you recover.
One of the reasons we enjoy watching the Boston Marathon is that it’s the best possible laboratory to observe running gait across a broad population. In those few seconds before each runner passes, one can see a broad spectrum of deficiencies in running gait, and resulting compensations that cost the runner valuable energy. One also sees various pathomechanics that in all likelihood could contribute to various forms of tissue stress. Those stresses could be assessed and managed with a contribution from pedorthics. Some of the elite runners are naturally more favorably aligned and built for running, but that doesn’t mean that they are not in need of optimization of their footgear for enhanced performance and stamina and injury management.