Barefoot Running: Biomechanics and Implications for Running Injuries

  title={Barefoot Running: Biomechanics and Implications for Running Injuries},
  author={Allison R. Altman and Irene S. Davis},
  journal={Current Sports Medicine Reports},
Despite the technological developments in modern running footwear, up to 79% of runners today get injured in a given year. As we evolved barefoot, examining this mode of running is insightful. Barefoot running encourages a forefoot strike pattern that is associated with a reduction in impact loading and stride length. Studies have shown a reduction in injuries to shod forefoot strikers as compared with rearfoot strikers. In addition to a forefoot strike pattern, barefoot running also affords… 

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