The Minimalist Index for running shoes

One of the problems with running shoe research is that different running shoe manufacturers use a different set of design features to try and achieve the same effect. For example, there are a number of different design features that could be considered attempts at ‘motion control’. If a study uses a shoe with one of […]

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Muscle Activity in Barefoot vs Shod Running

A number of relevant studies a have been published in the last few days. Rather than add them to that massive backlog of papers I need to write about, I am trying to knock them out quickly. The first one showed no injury differences between barefoot and shod runners; the next one showed no differences […]

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Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates

Hot on the heels of the prospective study I just reviewed on injury rates between barefoot and traditionally shod runners that showed that there really weren’t any differences we have a publication showing that here were no differences between different foot strike patterns as well. I have already discussed this study as it was first […]

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Relevant gems from the ACSM meeting

The 2015 American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting is on this week in San Diego. I always enjoy perusing the abstract book for this meeting as there are usually more than a few gems of relevance to my interests. This year was no exception. Rather than review a select few in detail like previous […]

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Impact forces between barefoot and shod running

I have been around this stump many a time and here we go again: PEAK IMPACT GROUND REACTION FORCE DURING BAREFOOT AND SHOD RUNNING Meredith, K; Castle, B; Hines, D; Oelkers, N; Peters, J; Reyes, N; Conti, C; Pollard, C; and Witzke, K International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8: Iss. 3, Article […]

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“Running barefoot may increase injury risk in older, more experienced athletes”

This press release is starting to the rounds: Running barefoot may increase injury risk in older, more experienced athletes Older athletes less likely to adapt running style to “minimalist” shoes LAS VEGAS – In recent years there has been an explosion in barefoot running, as well as the purchase and use of “minimalist” running shoes […]

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Peroneal Tendinosis and ankle sprains in runners

Just back from a great day doing the Run For the Kids with the family and this one caught my eye: Peroneal tendinosis as a predisposing factor for the acute lateral ankle sprain in runners Pejman Zia, Emir Benca, Florian Wenzel, Reinhard Schuh, Christoph Krall, Alexander Auffahrt, Martin Hofstetter, Reinhard Windhager, Tomas Buchhorn Knee Surgery, […]

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