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Sports Medicine

Dr. Ken Kinakin D.C., CSCS
Dr. Ken Kinakin is a sport medicine doctor, chiropractor, certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer! He’s also the author of the book “Optimal Muscle Training” and has competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting for over 20 years. Dr. Kinakin lectures around the world to doctors and personal trainers on the areas of weight-training, rehabilitation and nutrition. He is also the clinic director for the AIM Health & Wellness clinic (see www.aimhealthgroup.com), with a rehabilitation and training centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Dr. Kinakin founded the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS), an organization that educates and certifies doctors, therapists and personal trainers in the area of exercise muscle testing, rehabilitation and treatment of weight training injuries (see www.swis.ca).
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Q. I’ve seen some athletes using arch supports or orthotics in their shoes. What the heck are these for, and do they have any place in bodybuilding or powerlifting as an ergogenic aid?

A. Many lifters, after years of lifting heavy weights on the squat, deadlift, and leg press, put excessive stress on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. This can stress an area on the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia, and if the stress is great enough for an extended period of time, this can cause a condition called plantar fasciitis. If you get plantar fasciitis, orthotics that support the arches of the feet can be helpful. They can also be used as a preventive measure to support the arch when heavy weights are used.