Barefoot Running Improves Running Economy

Barefoot Running Improves Running Economy
Some biomechanists recommend barefoot running over running with shoes because it is more natural and reduces the injury rate. People tend to use a mid-foot ground strike instead of a heel strike, which reduces the ground reaction force by distributing it across a larger area of the foot.

A University of Nebraska study found that running economy— the oxygen cost of running at a particular speed— decreased during barefoot running compared to shoe running on a treadmill and running track. We need more research on injury statistics and performance before we can recommend barefoot running. (International Journal Sports Medicine, 32: 401-405)

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