Injuries Observed in Minimalist Runners

@article{Salzler2012InjuriesOI,
  title={Injuries Observed in Minimalist Runners},
  author={Matthew J. Salzler and Eric M. Bluman and Samantha Noonan and Christopher P. Chiodo and Richard J. de Asla},
  journal={Foot \& Ankle International},
  year={2012},
  volume={33},
  pages={262 - 266}
}
Background: Minimalist runners have been shown to have a different gait pattern with lower impact forces than habitually shod runners. Running in minimalist footwear has been promoted as a means of reducing or eliminating running injuries by returning to a more natural gait. Methods Ten experienced runners, age 21 to 57 (mean, 43) years, were identified with injuries within 1 year of transition from traditional to minimalist running footwear. Patients were interviewed to determine their running… 
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