Is changing footstrike pattern beneficial to runners?

I just going to leave this one there with no commentary… Is changing footstrike pattern beneficial to runners? Joseph Hamill & Allison H. Gruber Journal of Sport and Health Science; 28 February 2017 Some researchers, running instructors, and coaches have suggested that the “optimal” footstrike pattern to improve performance and reduce running injuries is land […]

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RCT of traditional running shoes vs minimalist running shoes

Several previous prospective randomized studies have looked at injury rates between those using the traditional running shoes and barefoot/minimalist running shoes. I reviewed two here and here and did not review this one. I won’t relitigate the issues surrounding the claims regarding injury rates as I commented on that in those posts. However, the conclusions […]

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The running shoe for the sub-2 hr marathon

I previously blogged about the wishful thinking fallacy, pseudoscience and quackery claim that the first sub 2 hour marathon will be run barefoot 2 years ago and nothing since then has convinced me to change my mind. If anything, the opposite has been the case. My belief is that the running shoe that is used […]

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Yet again, more of the same …

…I not too well today and do not have the energy to do a detailed analysis, so will not comment much on this new paper just published. I have litigated the issues previously in this post on Running Economy and Foot Strike Pattern. Joint stiffness and running economy during imposed forefoot strike before and after […]

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More of the same…

Last week I wrote: When I read things like this……I roll my eyes. Not because there is anything wrong with the publication; it is just the heat and vitriol that I and others were subjected to over the years by the fan boy haters for pointing out what the overwhelming preponderance of evidence is continuing […]

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When I read things like this…

…I roll my eyes. Not because there is anything wrong with the publication; it is just the heat and vitriol that I and others were subjected to over the years by the fan boy haters for pointing out what the overwhelming preponderance of evidence is continuing to show. Their propaganda and rhetoric is still not […]

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Impact loads in barefoot and shoe running

I currently sitting in Toronto airport waiting for a flight, so will not say anything much on this: The effects of barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear on tibiofemoral kinetics during running Jonathan Sinclair Human Movement. ISSN (Online) 1899-1955, DOI: 10.1515/humo-2016-0022, October 2016 Purpose. The current investigation aimed to examine the effects of running barefoot and […]

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‘Overpronation’ and achilles tendon blood flow

Those who have done one of my Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camps know the dilemma I have of about the pathomechanical link between foot biomechanics and load in the Achilles tendon, and the speculation that it’s potentially a joint moment issue at the subtalar joint and not the ankle joint. Having said that, this new study […]

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Barefoot Running and ‘Overpronation’

I previously noted that some barefoot runners claim that the height of the arch of their feet increased after taking up barefoot running; others claim no change and, much to their dismay, some even have reported a decrease in their arch height. Some have documented changes in arch shape with photographs, and others have faked […]

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Monday morning laugh

Not any evidence based review or anything like that today. Remember all the propaganda, rhetoric and vitriol about heel striking being evil? I will just leave this Rio Marathon Facebook comment here: As always, I go where the evidence takes me until convinced otherwise ….and a Facebook comment is not evidence, but I think we […]

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