Max Paquette is an incredibly accomplished academic as well as Applied Scientist. Max is currently the Associate Professor of the Human Performance Centre at the University of Memphis and the Director of the Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory. Max's primary research interests have focused on the effects of different footwear, fatigue repetition, altered techniques and training interventions for injury prevention and performance improvement for runners. Dr Paquette has published over 60 scientific papers and consults for high schools, collegiate and world class track and field athletes and their coaches to optimize performance and reduce injury risks. It isn't just a scientific experience that has been accrued across the years, there's also that very practical application. In addition to the many hats that Max wears, Max also coaches his professional, middle distance running wife, Lauren.
During today's conversation, which we’re terming “Moving Beyond Weekly Distance”, Max Paquette shares around a commentary that he and co collaborators published in 2020, titled “Moving Beyond Weekly Distance”: Optimizing Quantification of Training Load in Runners”, and the premise of the commentary was challenging the convention of quantifying running training loads solely around mileage. This is a crucial conversation around getting the most out of your training, trying to avoid training errors and optimising your recovery and adaptation to the work that you've done. Of course, Max lays down a great physical challenge for the week and distils all of his learnings into one piece of advice as per usual.
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