Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Article from the Guardian on barefoot running

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Article from the Guardian on barefoot running

There was another article recently in the Guardian about barefoot running. It basically came to two main conclusions...

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have just started to run barefoot on grass,to see if it can help me with my battle with injury.I have the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis(Arch Ligament in the feet) for the last three months was told Barefoot running would be a help.Any advice would be great, to get back to where i was, injury free again.