Study shows shoes change spring-like foot mechanics when people run

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  1. Ahcuah

    Ahcuah Barefooters

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    Study shows shoes change spring-like foot mechanics when people run

    A team of researchers with the University of Queensland's Centre for Sensorimotor Performance has found that running shoes alter the natural spring-like mechanics of the foot while a person is running. In their paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes experiments they conducted with volunteers running on treadmills, and the differences they observed in foot mechanics when comparing runners running barefoot, versus wearing running shoes.

    http://phys.org/news/2016-06-spring-like-foot-mechanics-people.html
     
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  2. Jaqa

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    This article go me slightly angry like others like it do. Why? Because they are taking normal shod runners and comparing them to to normal shod runners sans shoes. We all know here that you only start getting benefits like economy, efficiency and speed after a longish period of time running barefoot.

    I understand that it is difficult to get a large enough group of barefooters for statistical purposes, but studies like these don't mean much until there are true comparisons. Basically most studies I have seen on BFR.

    (Apologies for being a bit grumpy! Might be getting over-trained this week..)
     
  3. Wanderer Jiyuren

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    Maybe it's time for those of us who've been at it a while to start volunteering for studies then.
     
  4. happysongbird

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    Makes me think of how absurd it would be to do a study to see if walking went better when people bend their knees...
     
  5. skedaddle

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    When you add a shoe to a foot it no longer acts like a foot, go figure.
     

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