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Threads recommended for students

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by admin, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2007
  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

  3. drsha

    drsha Banned

    As Stated by David Smith on His “New Goals for Podiatric Biomechanics” Thread recommended on this thread for students:
    “Obviously some seriously doubt the validity of the Root STJ neutral theory and measuring foot angles and positions as has been highlighted by recent discussions. Is the tide of opinion turning and are we being too slow to evolve for the future. If too many learned and well known podiatrists and establishments insist on sticking with the Dogma of Root is the only model, Kevin Kirby, Craig Payne, DanenBurgh, Eric Fuller et al will be fighting a difficult battle. Am I being too dramatic? I think not.”

    I personally cannot agree more and since unlike him, I continue to not be able to absorb the language and the expanding yet unproven questions that the models of rotational equilibrium, tissue stress and saggital plane progression produce that act as a diversion for clinical development and application which is where I subjectively opine that this paradigm falls short. Furthermore, there are many others who cannot grasp the complexity of your paradigm.

    I ask one simple question to all students The Arena from the new convert all the way up to Dr. Kirby, what if this method, like Dr’ Roots is eventually proven flawed and none others have been examined?

    In reviewing the list of recommended threads for students, I find that purposefully leaving out other paradigms that have been raised from “Root Doubt” and have developed a following should be examined as they may offer additional direction or insight and if nothing else, would keep the developing paradigm honest. Bullying them from your radar screen and denying them exposure is not very scientific or academic.

    Every time I see a posting from Dr. Kirby stating that a comment made is “100% right”, it makes me shudder to think where that type of subjective power when applied to students looking for a new direction over many years can lead an academic community.

    I am currently involved on an Arena thread called Functional Foot Typing that has over 2000 viewings.

    It reflects another new and fresh paradigm of biomechanics called Neoteric Biomechanics.

    I wonder why this site and others like it (if they exist) aren’t included as recommended for students in order to air adjacent theories?

    What if practicing Neoteric Biomechanics, a more simplistic approach to foot and postural care, allowed some of those those involved to become desirous of examining an even more complex approach and seriously took a look at yours. Wouldn’t it serve a purpose?

    Shouldn’t there be academic freedom in academia?

    Dennis Shavelson, D.P.M.
     
  4. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Probably because we haven't taken the time to update the Threads Recommended for Students in quite a while - the last time we looked for threads to add was Dec last year. All threads are candidates to be added when we next get around to it. There are just a lot of other priorities involved in running this site.

    Incidently, we may be getting rid of this Threads recommended for students all together. This thread was started before we implemented the thread tags. There is one on clinical biomechanical theories, of which the thread on Functional Foot Typing is part of. The thread tags have sort of superseded the need for threads that collect recommended threads.
     
  5. egar01

    egar01 Member

  6. egar01

    egar01 Member

    Is anyone able to tell me if there is an Orthotic technology course on offer in Brisbane area. Also has anyone atteded the bootcamp?
     
  7. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

  8. drsha

    drsha Banned

    Five months ago, The Editor wrote in reply to my posting stating that other points of view were being denied exposure to the open minds of students and new practitioners on this thread and that this is dangerous to free thinking.

    The Editor Wrote in reply:

    Incidently, we may be getting rid of this Threads recommended for students all together. This thread was started before we implemented the thread tags. There is one on clinical biomechanical theories, of which the thread on Functional Foot Typing is part of. The thread tags have sort of superseded the need for threads that collect recommended threads.

    1. This thread still exists
    2. The MASS thread was locked by The Editor on Dec 9th
    3. The Functional Foot Typing thread was locked by the editor on Dec 9th
    4. Challenging MASS was locked by The Editor on Dec 9th
    5. Challenging SALRE was locked by The Editor on Dec 9th

    Is there a pattern here being fostured to stifle free thought about Biomechanics?
    Is this what a Podiatry Arena should be about?

    “Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose”. C. Wright Mills
    Dennis
     
  9. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Dennis,

    As I saw it all the aforementioned threads were locked once the discussions drifted away from the thought provoking in-depth discussion of merits/limitations of various theories that was intended, and became nothing more than exchanges of insults between the differing 'camps'.

    Contrary to what you believe most of us are more than happy to listen to and discuss new ideas; and free thought is encouraged on this forum - not stifled as you suggest. What most people here won't tolerate is paradigms or theories which their 'inventor' seems unable or unwilling to answer questions about when asked, as he appears to only be here to defame others and promote his own financial gain.

    You may also be interested to know that 'the editor' of this website fully acknowledges you and covers your theory/paradigm during his very highly regarded bootcamps. So you may still get to rule the world one day...

    Keep your chin up mate

    Ian
     
  10. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Threads only ever get locked when:
    - they stop being productive
    - no new information gets added
    - old ground is gone over again
    - when the insults start.

    ..usually its the later.
     
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