Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Article from the Guardian on barefoot running
1) There is no real evidence that barefoot running reduces injuries. Lots of theories but nothing factual.
2) Anyone starting off running barefoot needs to change how they run and how their feet hit the ground. People who continue to heel-strike when barefoot, and who may "force" a forefoot landing put a huge strain on the calf muscle and Achilles tendons. As such, it's a skill. Some master it, some don't.
It does however suggest that it may be benefical as part of a training programme where it loads the joints differently and activates muscles in different patterns.
The full article can be seen HERE