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Rami Hashish, PhD, DPT
Dr. Rami Hashish achieved his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Washington School of Medicine and his PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Southern California. Following his PhD work, Dr. Hashish co-founded a footwear technology startup, JavanScience, which develops customizable footwear to help in the relief and prevention of foot and leg problems. Dr. Hashish is also active in the clinic, serving as the Director of Physical Therapy for Pacific Pain and Regenerative Medicine at UrbanMed in Downtown Los Angeles. He also currently serves as a Medical Correspondent to The Running Times, a Medical Journalist for Dignity Health, and is a reviewer for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Hashish is an author on more than 30 peer-reviewed abstracts and manuscripts, examining clinically relevant questions pertaining to everything from Parkinson's disease and optimal MRI protocols, to barefoot running and yoga. To contact Dr. Hashish regarding biomechanics or clinical consulting, email

Entries by Rami Hashish, PhD, DPT

The Role of Biomechanics in Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 4:31 PM


As if Pavlov conditioned you himself, the instant you hear that single syllable jingle, your eyes peer off the road and onto your iPhone -- "Hey baby where are you?"


And just like that, you find yourself crunched between your seat, airbags from every which...

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The (Mismatched) Evolution of Man and Its Influence on Injury

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:36 PM

The fundamental ethos of natural selection dictates that species optimally adapt to a given environment over time. A present-day demonstration of this evolutionary principle is the pink salmon of Auke Creek, Alaska. This resilient species of fish migrates sooner every year in order to adapt to a global-warming-induced...

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Kobe Bryant: Delusional or a Symbol for Change?

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Simply put, Kobe Bean Bryant -- i.e. the (self-proclaimed) Black Mamba -- is a basketball legend. Unlike Paul Pierce who gets wheeled off the court with a hurt ego, the Mamba tears his Achilles, sinks two-free throws and walks to the sideline under his own power....

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Injury by CrossFit

(37) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 8:14 AM

Death by deadlift!

Pungent terminology to some, but if you're a CrossFitter, it's pure humdrum. There have been endless articles and blogs that have advocated for or against CrossFit. Those for it wax eloquent on its perceived benefits, like improving physical strength, endurance, range of motion...

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To Run Outside or on a Treadmill? A Dilemma Foreign to Forrest Gump

(9) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:20 PM

"Now you wouldn't believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!"
--Forrest Gump

It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining and glistening off the ocean's waves, causing a beautiful reflection...

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The Three Ps of Running Shoes

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:30 AM

"Yo, what type of shoes should I run in?"

Whether in a medical conference, academic setting or bar, once people know my line of research, that's typically the first question that pops up. Often times I feel my response is a bit coy, mostly because it would take longer...

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Barefoot Running: The Science Behind the Fad

(33) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 4:16 PM

Have you seen those weird and stunningly trendy glove-like shoes that have five toe compartments? Or people running on the side of the road in a shoe that seemingly has less support than a sandal? Or, better yet, people running without wearing any shoes at all? Well, as you are...

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Oscar Pistorius' Prosthetic Legs: Do They Give Him an Advantage Over Other Olympic Runners?

(68) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 8:31 PM

Despite finishing last in a semifinal of the Olympic 400 meters, South African Oscar Pistorius ran himself into the hearts of the public and engrained himself in the history books as the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. Affectionately referred to as "the fastest man with no legs"...

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