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The rise and fall of minimalist footwear

July 29, 2014

Once thought by some to be the next big thing in running, minimalist footwear has been scrutinized in recent years by researchers and class-action plaintiffs who claim the shoes do not provide the same benefits as barefoot running and may in fact increase the risk of injury in some runners.

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SmartTemp Liner

July 22, 2014

WillowWood’s Alpha SmartTemp Liner brings temperature control to prosthetic liners with Outlast, a heat management technology that was developed for NASA. The product is designed to absorb heat generated by an amputee’s residual limb, which reduces sweating and the amount of moisture within the prosthetic liner. The liner uses one-way stretch Select fabric to control pistoning but still allow circumferential stretch for easy donning.

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Neolon with Silpure

July 22, 2014

JMS Plastics Supply introduces its Neolon top cover, which incorporates Silpure into neoprene. Neolon with Silpure provides antimicrobial protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus using advanced silver technology. Silpure also offers lasting freshness, eliminating odors by controlling bacteria that cause the problem

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Innowalk Mobility Device

July 22, 2014

Thanks to a new partnership agreement between Ottobock and Norway-based company Made for Movement, Ottobock has exclusive distribution rights in North America for the Innowalk, a motorized medical device that fits patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, and muscle disorders. No independent standing or mobility is required to use the Innowalk, and it can be adjusted according to the size, mobility needs, and personal motivation of the user.

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Michigan passes direct PT access law

July 22, 2014

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder signed legislation on July 1 that will allow state residents to go directly to a physical therapist (PT) for evaluation and treatment without physician referral. With the enactment of SB 690, Michigan joins 49 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting some level of direct access to physical therapy. SB 690, which was promoted by the Michigan Chapter of APTA (MPTA) as well as through a direct access grant from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), allows PT visits without physician referral or prescription for up to 21 days or 10 treatment sessions

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OHI acquires Australian Orthotic Group

July 22, 2014

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI), announced in June its acquisition of the Australian Orthotic Group (AOG,) an orthotic distributorship serving the Australian and New Zealand markets and headquartered in Sydney, Australia. AOG founder Paul Linton has joined the OHI Board of Directors and will lead OHI’s international sales efforts. Linton, former North America sales manager for OHI’s The Orthotic Group brand, founded AOG in 2003

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Justin Blair, Aetrex form partnership

July 22, 2014

Teaneck, NJ-based Aetrex Worldwide, a global distributor of comfort and wellness footwear products, and Justin Blair & Company, a manufacturer and supplier of shoe supplies and foot care products headquartered in Chicago, announced in July that Justin Blair will take over the operations and distribution of Aetrex’s comprehensive orthotic raw material division. The two companies have had a relationship for more than 15 years and formed the partnership to fuel additional research and development, generate overall efficiencies, and drive higher performance and expansion in key growth markets, according to Aetrex Worldwide CEO Larry Schwartz. The partnership is expected to launch in August 2014, Schwartz said

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Athletes with hip flexor tightness have reduced gluteus maximus activation

July 22, 2014

By Jordana Bieze Foster Hip flexor tightness is associated with reduced gluteus maximus activation during an overhead squat, according to findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) that are consistent with the “lengthen and strengthen” approach to injury prevention. Investigators compared gluteus maximus activation during an overhead squat in 20 female college soccer players with hip flexor tightness (above horizontal on a modified Thomas Test) and 20 matched controls (15° or more below horizontal).

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Hip exercises boost postural control in individuals with ankle instability

July 22, 2014

By Jordana Bieze Foster Four weeks of hip external rotator and abductor strengthening significantly improves postural control in patients with functional ankle instability (FAI) and may be useful for preventing recurrent instability, according to research from Indiana University in Bloom­ington.

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The 5 most troublesome running injuries

July 22, 2014

As mindful runners, we can take all the proper precautions to make sure that we’ll never have to worry about hurting ourselves, but the reality is that no one is immune to injury. Let’s take a quick look at the five most common running injuries, how they manifest themselves and the best ways to treat them.

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