From heel strike to push-off, our foot dictates the way our body responds and reacts to human movement and athletic performance. The coordinated eccentric and concentric contractions of the foot musculature often dictates the speed, strength and power of an athlete. Learn how to apply barefoot training principles to optimize foot function in the client or athlete that is looking for an advantage. Get ready to take the concept of barefoot training to a whole new level!
Instructor: Dr. Emily Splichal
Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist Certification for health and wellness professionals. With over 11 years in the fitness industry, she has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.
Dr. Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine and bio-mechanics. She takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full bio-mechanical assessments and movement screens. She is actively involved in the correction of movement dysfunctions as it relates to sports injury and frequently performs manual therapy techniques including muscle activation technique (MAT), joint mobilization and trigger point release.
Dr. Splichal is actively involved in barefoot training research and barefoot education as it relates to athletic performance, injury prevention and human movement dysfunction. She has presented her research and barefoot eduction both nationally and internationally. As a frequent contributor on the EBFA Fitness blog (www.ebfafitness.com) and webinars, she readily makes her content accessible to therapists, coaches and runners.
Dr Splichal is also the creator of the VCore Workout (www.vcoreworkout.com), a barefoot balance training workout that is designed to integrate foot strength with hip stability. Uniquely designed to improve foot proprioception, core strength and hip stability, her barefoot workout can be found across gyms worldwide. Join Dr. Splichal for a barefoot workout both online (www.emglivefitness.com) and live in classes weekly throughout New York City.
Degrees/Certifications: Doctor of Podiatirc Medicine (DPM), Master's in Public Health (Fall Reduction), M.S. Human Movement, NASM-CES, NASM-PES, NSCA-CPT