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Impact Related Factors and Running Injury

I have blogged before (Just How Significant are Heel Impacts at Causing Injury When Running?) and repeatedly commented that the evidence that links impact related factors to running injuries is far from compelling. I am not saying they don’t, it is just that the evidence supporting the link is not strong (and one study has […]

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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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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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Is this a ‘Fadotomy’?

Until five minutes ago, I had never heard of the word ‘Fadotomy’. A fadotomy is apparently the anatomy of the transformation of a fad into the prevailing paradigm… well at least that is what one reference I could find called it, so I doubt it is going to be come the prevailing vernacular as a […]

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Transition to Minimalist Running Shoes With or Without Gait Retraining?

This is an interesting one… A number of previous studies have looked at the mechanical and economy parameters with minimal running shoes compared to traditional running shoes. Some of these studies were cross-sectional and some were prospective and followed a period of adaptation or transition. One of the concerns expressed about some of these studies, […]

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Muscle Activity Differences in Forefoot and Rearfoot Strikers

Different running techniques load different tissues in different runners differently which has implications for subject specific differences in running economy and running injury risk profile. In that context it was nice to see this turn up: Differences in Muscle Activity between Natural Forefoot and Rearfoot Strikers during Running Jennifer R. Yong, Amy Silder, Scott L. […]

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“Barefoot Running and Hip Kinematics: Good News for the Knee?”; what about “Bad News for the Ankle”?

I have previously had a dig at the nature of the titles of a number of scientific papers, for example, this paper I previously reviewed was titled: “Forefoot strikers exhibit lower running-induced knee loading than rearfoot strikers“; when it could have just as easy been titled “Forefoot strikers exhibit higher Achilles tendon loading than rearfoot strikers“ […]

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