Shoes may have changed how we run

Whether its the treadmill, HIIT, Plyometrics, skipping or sled pulling....ask\put it here!

Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Ader on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:09 am

Interesting work as to the effect cushioned shoes have on running style...

Wearing cushioned running shoes may have changed the way in which many of us run, new research suggests.

Using slow-motion footage, scientists have discovered that experienced barefoot runners land very differently from runners who wear shoes.

The researchers showed that runners who have trained barefoot tend to strike the ground with their forefoot or mid-foot, rather than their heel.

The team described their findings in the journal Nature.

Barefoot runners, the scientists say, may be at less risk of certain types of injury than those who wear cushioned running shoes.

Cushioned landing

The question of how best to support and protect a runner's feet is something that has intrigued both scientists and sports shoe designers.

This analysis, the researchers said, took an evolutionary approach to that question.

The research team used a combination of highly sensitive scales, high speed cameras, and 3-D motion analysis to compare barefoot runners to those wearing running shoes.

Their results showed that "shod" runners tended to strike the ground with their heel first.

"This creates an impact; it's like someone hitting your heel with a hammer with up to three times your body weight," said the lead researcher, Dr Daniel Lieberman from Harvard University in the US.

"Those collision forces have been implicated, by several studies, in certain kinds of repetitive stress injuries.

"Shoes work because they cushion much of that force - slowing it down, mostly."

But experienced barefoot runners appear to have developed a different way to prevent the pain, striking the ground with the forefoot or mid-foot.

"By forefoot or mid-foot striking correctly, one can almost completely eliminate that collision, making barefoot running comfortable," said Dr Lieberman.

He explained that the style adopted by barefoot runners may, in some respects, be less damaging.

Dr Lieberman's footage also demonstrated the specialised anatomy of the human foot, and caused him and his colleagues to propose that modern sports footwear may have altered how people run.

Minimal shoes

Many successful distance runners have competed barefoot, including the South African-born athlete Zola Budd.

This has caused researchers to question whether barefoot running might well be more efficient.

Dr William Jungers, an anatomical scientist from Stony Brook University in New York, who was not involved in this study, said that the findings had "potentially useful and thought-provoking implications for sports medicine and running shoe design".

He explained, in an accompanying article in Nature, that by striking the ground with their forefoot, a barefoot runner could take fuller advantage of energy stored in the ankle and in the arch of the foot.

But, as Professor Lieberman explained, "there are tradeoffs."

"Barefoot runners have to use their calf muscles and Achilles tendon much more to control ankle flexion. So people who switch to this style of running are much more likely to develop calf problems if they don't do so slowly, carefully and with a lot of stretching."

Dr Jay Stock, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Cambridge in the UK, told BBC News: "This provides compelling evidence that modern footwear may change the way in which people run, and in turn, cause greater stress on our bodies."

He said that it was also very interesting that "many of the world's best athletes run with a forefoot strike".

Dr Jungers concluded: "An evidence-based approach is badly needed to assess the competing claims as to what, if anything, is the best cover for a runner's foot."



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8483401.stm
____________________________________________________________________________
Don’t let the sets last much longer than ten seconds, total. Kinda like sex with a hot chick, hit it hard for ten seconds.
User avatar
Ader
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 2528
Joined: Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:08 pm
Location: An Office, Slough :(

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Flash Sketcha on Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:07 pm

heard about this a year ago and it makes sense. Also explains why I injured myslef straight away as soon as i started trying to adopt the 'proper' running style and i have not used it enough before.
Use discount code BSD25 to recieve 5 percent off your order
User avatar
Flash Sketcha
Super Contributor
 
Posts: 1913
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:22 pm
Location: Gravyland

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby RoB on Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:16 pm

I had terrible shin splints all the time with the running shoes I had before I started running in my vibrams five fingers. You tend to get a lot of funny looks in them though.
User avatar
RoB
Regular Contributor
 
Posts: 499
Joined: Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:42 am

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby GymBunny on Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:02 pm

But getting funny looks is half the fun! I've vibram soles on my new running shoes and they're much nicer to run in.

Planning on getting some 5fingers when I'm stateside. Sooooo much cheaper there.
Mens sana in corpore sano
Never look back with regrets and think "what if" for that way madness lies. There are those that will envy you and try and undermine you. They are not worth your time.
User avatar
GymBunny
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 5149
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:40 pm
Location: homeless

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Dtlv74 on Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:05 pm

Good article Ader. Have been wanting a pair of fivefingers since Rillas review & definitely will get some at some point soon.
User avatar
Dtlv74
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 3048
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:50 pm
Location: SW England

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Ader on Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:13 pm

The good point they make is re achilles and calf issues when you migrate from trainers to 'au natural'. When I started using flat/track shoes to run (doing middle distance running so not even that long) after using trainers for years I had some real nasty achilles problems at fir- Easily cured by buying some heel lifts and gradually reducing them.
____________________________________________________________________________
Don’t let the sets last much longer than ten seconds, total. Kinda like sex with a hot chick, hit it hard for ten seconds.
User avatar
Ader
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 2528
Joined: Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:08 pm
Location: An Office, Slough :(

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Dtlv74 on Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:50 pm

Ader wrote:The good point they make is re achilles and calf issues when you migrate from trainers to 'au natural'. When I started using flat/track shoes to run (doing middle distance running so not even that long) after using trainers for years I had some real nasty achilles problems at fir- Easily cured by buying some heel lifts and gradually reducing them.


Yep, am fully aware there's gonna be a transition - worth it in the long run though I think.
User avatar
Dtlv74
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 3048
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:50 pm
Location: SW England

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Rilla on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:04 pm

The KSO is such a good shoe it's unbelievable. I don't run in mind at the moment (a bit on the treadmill) because of the cold weather here, but use them for weights.
I'm not gonna go on about thier benefits because if you have any interest in them, you should know about that by now. All I'm gonna say is "what the helle are you waiting for?" get them yesterday, but make sure to get the KSOs, they're the superior version.
Big Choppa wrote:Rab's face probably scares the bar up. Explains his Shit deadlift as well cause the wants to stay away from his deformed bonce.
User avatar
Rilla
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 6556
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:11 pm

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby GymBunny on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:41 pm

Couple of Nature papers out about advantages of running barefoot. If anyone wants them I have access so can email them.

This vid about the barefoot professor is very cool!



Rilla I'm getting KSOs when I'm in the states.
Mens sana in corpore sano
Never look back with regrets and think "what if" for that way madness lies. There are those that will envy you and try and undermine you. They are not worth your time.
User avatar
GymBunny
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 5149
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:40 pm
Location: homeless

Re: Shoes may have changed how we run

Postby Rilla on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:44 pm

About time Lys.

Just shut up, forget about the studies ad get them because I said so. Don't you wanna be cool like the Rilla? Thought so.
Big Choppa wrote:Rab's face probably scares the bar up. Explains his Shit deadlift as well cause the wants to stay away from his deformed bonce.
User avatar
Rilla
Ultimate Contributor
 
Posts: 6556
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:11 pm


Return to Cardiovascular Fitness

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 25 guests

cron