BLOG POST: Barefoot Running

BAREFOOT RUNNING: 10 things about barefoot running:

Positive:

1.  Barefoot running will strengthen intrinsic muscles of the foot.

2. Barefoot running may be slightly more efficient in some runners.

3.  Barefoot running decreases forces through the hips and knees (although this does not necessarily mean it leads to less injury).

4. The foot and muscles adapt in the air to barefoot running, before actual touchdown of the foot.

5. Barefoot runners tend to use a faster turnover and shorter steps.

Negative:

1.Foot protection is a lot more difficult with barefoot running.

2.  Humans were not made to run on asphalt and concrete.

2.  Not everyone can do barefoot running; not everyone has the biomechanical efficiency to tolerate the stresses of barefoot running.

3.  You can learn to run barefoot style (midfoot landing first) with shoes on as well.

4.  Barefoot running will stress the plantar fascia and achilles tendon more.

5.  No studies have been completed to state that barefoot running specifically decreases injuries.

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One comment on “BLOG POST: Barefoot Running

  1. 2. Humans were not made to run on asphalt and concrete.
    – However, the hard packed, sun baked, earth of the Savannah or Serengeti is almost as hard as asphalt or concrete, so this point is moot.

    2. Not everyone can do barefoot running; not everyone has the biomechanical efficiency to tolerate the stresses of barefoot running.
    – The point of running barefoot is to teach yourself this biomechanical efficiency.

    3. You can learn to run barefoot style (midfoot landing first) with shoes on as well.
    – Midfoot landing is not the only reason for barefoot running.

    4. Barefoot running will stress the plantar fascia and achilles tendon more.
    – How do you know?

    5. No studies have been completed to state that barefoot running specifically decreases injuries.
    – In addition, there are no studies that shod running specifically decreases injury rates. *gasp*

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