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Root Seminar

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Scorpio622, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

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    A rare archaeological find occurred in my garage last week. I found a box of 10 cassette tapes labeled Root Seminar- that I acquired over 20 years ago circa podiatry school. After a close listen, it is from a seminar given by Root, Orien, and Weed in the late 70's PRIOR to the publication of their Normal/Abnormal text, as they often allude to the “book that they are writing.”

    The most impressive thing about them is the lack of dogma in presenting their ideas. The tone was very open-minded. They repeatedly state the need for more research and present their ideas as being based on clinical observation for the most part.

    Their subsequent text became Gospel for many- and this seemed to be far from its intention according to these tapes. The purpose of their initial work was to get the ball rolling- and it did. I certainly gained further respect for these guys.

  2. Nick:

    It would be nice to have these tapes transcribed and/or copied so that all of those who never had the opportunity to listen to these fine individuals speak could actually hear what they said and how they said it. I think many would be surprised and enlightened by their knowledge and attitudes toward teaching this difficult subject. I went to about 5-6 Root Seminars from the early to late 1980s and these seminars were very important in the development of my knowledge regarding foot and lower extremity biomechanics.
  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    I too have that set of tapes ... have some hand written notes I took while listening to them many many many many years ago. Some incredible pearls of wisdom in them.
  4. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Seasons greetings all.

    May I ask are these copyrighted editions?

    Or personal lecture tapes?

    Either way is there a way individuals could obtain a copy. I am with Kevin in that I too would very much appreciate the opportunity to listen to or read their content.

    With thanks.
  5. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member


    These are on Memorex cassette tapes- so they were copied. The sound quality is good considering that they are 30 years old. I doubt that a copyright is much of an issue due to the age and the fact that they are used for personal educational reasons. I tried to make an mp3 copy of these tapes but got terrible white noise. I will be getting a new computer within the next few months with a better sound card and will make the copies then.

    If the copies are good I will burn them on CDs and send them to you and Kevin- as well as any other top poster in appreciation for their efforts on the Arena.

  6. Nick:

    Thanks for that.....Happy New Year!
  7. Can i recommend magicsofts soundcapture program. Its a nifty bit of freeware which grabs any sound coming through your soundcard and converts it for you. If you've got a walkman, a double male bit of headphone cable and a soundcard with a line in port then the world is the mollusc of your choosing. Also good for backing up vinyl.

    Mucho ta

  8. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Much appreciated Nick.

  9. Griff

    Griff Moderator


    Is this only an offer available to top posters? Us lowly ranked posters would be keen for a listen as well I'm certain. Is there any way you can submit it as a podcast or something along those lines?

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2007
  10. Provided it was digitized at a lower quality so the size did'nt get stupid it could always be uploaded to a digital vault. That way anyone with the password could access it. and download it.
  11. Jbwheele

    Jbwheele Active Member

    Hi Guys

    There is Always E-bay. Ha Ha:D

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