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Carson B.

Flagstaff, Arizona
Carson Boddicker is president and founder of Boddicker Performance, a company based in Flagstaff, Arizona with a focus on improving performance in all athletic endeavours with a special interest in middle and long distance running. Carson?s experience in performance enhancement stemmed from personal interest in his own performance that soon earned the attention of his teammates and competitors. A recurring injury in 2004 and 2005 served as his impetus to further enhance his knowledge of the... Full Bio
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The Big Toe by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running While it is not a big joint, the firstmetatarsophalangealjoint may be one of the most important joints in running gait. There is no question that dysfunctional patterns can ... Read on »
Normal Gait Mechanics by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running For optimal function and resistance to injury and to better understand exactly what it is you are trying to accomplish with training, it is first important to understand the m ... Read on »
Dedicated Dorsiflexion Training by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running "While it’s not an exercise with direct specificity to running or any sportin general (and while a host of factors will affect the type of stress thelower leg has to endur ... Read on »
Running Makes You Smarter by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Lately, I have spent a great deal of time looking at the impact of exercise on the function of the brain for a new project in which I am currently involved.  I have recently ... Read on »
Hamstring pain and running by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hamstring pain and tightness is a common complaint in the running world, as such, today I hope to shed a little bit of insight into the chronic hamstring dysfunction. If ... Read on »
Running Economy: Barefoot vs. Shod Running by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In yesterday’s post we discussed briefly the three general foot strike patterns.  If you recall, the habitually barefoot athlete most frequently strikes the ground with a FFS ... Read on »
Barefoot running vs. Shod running by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Barefoot running has become an increasingly popular in the past several years as more and more examples find themselves falling into the popular media.  So what is the deal? ... Read on »
Push ups and Stress Fractures by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I got this comment on yesterday’s post, and thought that it would make an outstanding blog for today. What I do know that might interest you involves stress fractures w ... Read on »
What happened to just running? by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I hear this question often, and it perplexes me every time. When you look at the sport of distance running, the average high school cross country runner has an injury ris ... Read on »
Consolidation of Stress by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running With more and more runners finally seeing the benefit of training beyond the trails and are doing more resistance based and movement based exercise, a common question is how ... Read on »
He who sees a lift as an exercise for a body part is lost... by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Strength Training A great therapist once said, “he who treats the site of pain is lost.”  Think about that.  It’s brilliant in its simplicity, and I believe it can be extended to functional e ... Read on »
Resistance training for runners is for more than building strength by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In the running world it seems that many people still hold onto the idea that the goal of lifting weights is to build muscle and strength.  Additionally, the runner tends to se ... Read on »
Bench Press vs. Push Ups for Endurance Athletes by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Our Head Track Coach wants all runners to be in the weight room lifting this Track Season. Two of the mandatory lifts are Bench Press and Towel Bench Press. Can you giv ... Read on »
Lumbar Flexion Refuted by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Strength Training While there seem to be many plausible arguments in favor of some lumbar flexion, there are many effective arguments against it’s use in your program design.  As I presented ... Read on »
Lumbar Flexion: Examining the Arguments by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Strength Training Do you prescribe spinal flexion exercises for your athletes? This question usually leads to quite a bit of contention in the performance world. Many will answer with a po ... Read on »
IT Band Syndromes and Runners: Predictable and Preventable? by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training IT Band pain syndromes are one of the leading causes of knee pain in runners.  While many theories have been presented regarding increased levels of friction at the lateral fe ... Read on »
Regional Interdependence and the Necessity of Assessment by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training In continuation of yesterday’s post about some of the things that I have picked up over the weekend at Optimum Sports Performance is the idea that the best just don’t miss t ... Read on »
2+2 Training by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Athletic performance is a complicated beast. Without question each sport and individual position has different demands and requires a different level of preparedness and co ... Read on »
When soreness is a good thing by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training In the sporting world, soreness is a given at one point or another.  This soreness can be from an increase in training load or even the precursor to an injury that demands att ... Read on »
Complete Development: Run faster for strong, healthy hips by Carson B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Distance runners are an interesting group. I know no other group of athletes who are more willing to train for hours on end for improvements as small as a fraction of a seco ... Read on »