An evidence-based guide to surviving the runner’s dreaded injury

Have you ever gone for a run and it feels like the bottom of your foot is tearing off the bone? There’s an overwhelming burning sensation in your foot after each stride, it’s not really going away, and it feels like you can’t keep going.

This is known as plantar fasciitis. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain [1].

If you’re a stupid runner like me, you may push through and finish up your run but realize later you’ve only made it worse. Don’t be like me.

Did you know that plantar fasciitis currently affects over…

Is measuring blood oxygen really a breath of fresh innovation?

A black Apple Watch
A black Apple Watch

I’m a health technology geek.

I’m always fired up when the newest Apple product hits the online marketplace. Or any innovative technology that could improve my exercise or running performance for that matter!

The new Apple Watch Series 6 just released about a month ago. You bet, I’ve been contemplating upgrading my Apple Watch Series 5 for this new iteration.

Am I excited? Am I willing to fork out $529 CAD for a couple of new features?

From a health perspective, there are a few new changes, like a revamped Sleep App. Personally, I don’t sleep with my Apple Watch.

It builds fitness and primes the brain for deep learning

When I was a school-aged kid, I was a part of a neighborhood ‘biker-group’ called the ‘Acadia Kids’. We hilariously named our group after our street name. No, we weren’t a ‘biker gang’, we were just a group of weird and nerdy school-aged children biking to school.

We all had the privilege of living in the same neighborhood that was nearby our elementary and high-schools. This is a small town thing, I know.

Every morning the Acadia Kids would meet at the corner store to chit-chat and proceed to walk or bike to school.

Even though we lived a couple…

Do writers know what they’re getting into?

A team collaborating on a project.
A team collaborating on a project.

I just recently started writing on Medium out of the pure joy of sharing health and fitness content. I wasn’t expecting to make money on this platform, but I’m not complaining.

I legitimately joined this platform to improve my non-academic writing skills, like science communication and story-telling. These skills are highly transferable for my career growth and grant writing success, at least in my field of research.

A couple of days ago, I received an email from an App Developer to collaborate and write content for them:

‘I have read some of your articles on the Medium and wanted to…

Is there scientific literature to say that it will take your breath away?

Who wears a facemask whenever they go out in public?

I do.

For those who need a reminder, COVID-19 is still infecting thousands of people worldwide. Just because the bars and gyms are open, doesn’t necessarily mean we’re back to normalcy. Politics is driving society without public health measures in mind.

Luckily, many municipalities have mandated that it’s in the public’s best interest for everyone to wear a facemask while out in public. In fact, As per the CDC, it recommended that you should wear a face mask to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Why should you wear a facemask?

COVID-19 is transmitted primarily by liquid droplets. This…

Identifying health disinformation is key to prevent the spread of wildfire

A picture full of fruits. There are plenty of fads and diet disinformation.
A picture full of fruits. There are plenty of fads and diet disinformation.

I recently started writing on Medium to disseminate science-backed health and fitness information for the health and fitness gurus and the curious average joes.

I have a passion for science and knowledge translation. My main goal as a writer on Medium is to help breakdown scientific knowledge so that it can be accessible and understandable for everyone. I have gone through rigorous academic training to learn a couple of things or two about health, fitness, and the scientific method. …

No, it doesn’t have to be meat protein.

It is well known that you need to fuel your body properly if want to win on race day. Running burns a lot of fuel, whether it’s carbohydrates, fats, and even protein. Yes, as a last resort, your body will use protein as a fuel source.

What about fueling your body in the recovery period?

Protein is an essential part of muscle recovery. A complete protein is made up of 20 different building blocks called amino acids. There are 9 essential amino acids that aren’t synthesized in the body (Chatterjee, Sarkar, and Boland 2014). …

Accurate and reliable wearable technology is the way of the future for accessible health and fitness information

Being healthy is hard to quantify in today’s world. With the advent of wearable technology, health data are readily available at low costs in the hands of consumers.

Have you ever ventured off into your Health app to get a summary of how healthy you are? Being an exercise and technology fanatic, I do this all the time. Is this a bad habit? Am I feeding into all the craze?

There’s a ton of data and metrics available here. It makes me wonder, can all of this information get extracted from my wrist? Can I trust all of these data…

Coronavirus doesn’t care about the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, or SEC football seasons

I love football, especially college football. There is nothing more I’d like to do in the fall then watch football all weekend. I’m sure millions of American’s are with me on this one.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic might have other plans. More than 5-million Americans have been personally affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Not only that, but according to the CDC, there are greater than 48,000 new COVID-19 cases as of August 11, 2020. Rightfully so, the NCAA has already delayed the commencement of the upcoming Fall season up until Sept. 26. Is this enough?

With these mind-boggling stats in…

You’ll need a supportive environment to be successful, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall is around the corner. A new cohort of graduate students will be starting their academic journey during the COVID-19 pandemic era. I won’t sugarcoat it, it will be challenging.

I am a first-generation Ph.D. student. What does this mean? To be straight up, it means that when I started, I had no clue what to expect going into academia. I can’t imagine starting fresh during COVID-19 student.

For context, I am born and raised in a small rural city in northern Canada. Most of my family members work in mining, which is pretty cool if you ask me, but

Kevin Moncion, MSc

Physiotherapy and PhD Candidate | Avid runner 🏃🏼 | Researching ways to optimize heart and brain health in chronic disease | Knowledge Translation

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