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  • Why So Many Great Pigeon-Toed Athletes?

    Jackie Robinson
    Robert Lee Hayes
    Michael Jordan
    John Elway
    Dominique Wilkins

    http://www.elitetrack.com/blogs/details/3820/

  • #2
    I don't know but my college coach tried to get us run pigeon toed. And, wear competion spikes on size too small.

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    • #3
      Houston McTear/Floyd Little/Quinn Buckner

      The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Running slew-footed compromises forward motion.

      The coach covered in this book insisted that his players walk pigeon-toed!

      http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/Pr ... 1558537457

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      • #4
        I seem to remember reading in the magazine at the time that Jimmy Hines was pigeon-toed.

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        • #5
          there's probably some bio-mechanical validation

          humans aren't perfectly evolved yet - we are evolved quadripeds standing upright after only ~ 1 million years with almost certainly problems not yet "evolved out" - lumbar spine of human has not yet fully evolved to take care of the weight it supports - that's why such a high incidence of low back pain in the world

          similarly, lower limbs are probably not evolved enough yet to have a "straight gait"

          the clue is simple

          the thigh muscle is not symmetrical vertically - it is massively favoured by outer aspect ( see leroy burrell ) - this favours inward toeing thru leverage downwards & anyone who adapts accordingly, will do well - maximal use of lateral thigh strength

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          • #6
            I dont know anything but, it seems to me a lot of runners when sprinting throw there foot out to the side and when you see the foot plant its at a 2 o'clock and 10 o'clock angle or worse. Most of the great sprinters land their foot closer to a 12 o'clock angle. Tyson Gay comes to mind.
            phsstt!

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            • #7
              Wasn't McTear pretty pigeon-toed?

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              • #8
                Putting on my science hat for a minute (oops, doesn't fit as well as it used to; need to go for a Barry Bonds-sized one!)..... is the basic premise perhaps false?

                Is there any study that shows how many people in the general populace are "pigeon-toed" (is that even quantifiable?)? And if so, is that percentage any different than amongst "great" athletes?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gh
                  Putting on my science hat for a minute (oops, doesn't fit as well as it used to; need to go for a Barry Bonds-sized one!)..... is the basic premise perhaps false?

                  Is there any study that shows how many people in the general populace are "pigeon-toed" (is that even quantifiable?)? And if so, is that percentage any different than amongst "great" athletes?
                  I am not an expert here, bambam may correct me, but my understanding of a pigeon-toing is that it represents a mixed bag of minor orthopedic congenital anomalies (ranging from a hip to a foot). Since it is a wastebasket of diagnoses, I agree with gh that the term is too vague to make any reasonable biomechanical conclusions.
                  "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                  by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Pego
                    Originally posted by gh
                    Putting on my science hat for a minute (oops, doesn't fit as well as it used to; need to go for a Barry Bonds-sized one!)..... is the basic premise perhaps false?

                    Is there any study that shows how many people in the general populace are "pigeon-toed" (is that even quantifiable?)? And if so, is that percentage any different than amongst "great" athletes?
                    I am not an expert here, bambam may correct me, but my understanding of a pigeon-toing is that it represents a mixed bag of minor orthopedic congenital anomalies (ranging from a hip to a foot). Since it is a wastebasket of diagnoses, I agree with gh that the term is too vague to make any reasonable biomechanical conclusions.
                    Pego is correct - pigeon-toeing ("in-toeing" orthopaedically) can occur anywhere from the hip to the foot. We know about this tendency but don't know why there seem to be a lot of great athletes who are pigeon-toed. The other ? by EGH about what is the % of the population with the tendency is a very good one and I do not know the answer.

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