Should we be running barefoot instead of wearing shoes?
65% of the running injuries occurs during low loading and long distances. Rearfoot running (RFS) is the most frequent pattern in longdistance runners. Barefoot running seems to lead to a reduction in stride length, and increased knee flexion and ankle plantar flexion, which may reduce the impact peaks. It is important to know whether barefoot running can benefit the runner and reduces the injury incidence in running.
The aim of this study was to compare stride length, hip, knee and ankle kinematics in well-trained long distance runners comparing shoes to barefoot conditions, while running on a treadmill.
> From: Francis et al., J Sports Sci Med 15 (2016) 417-423. All rights reserved to Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Click here for the Pubmed summary.