25 Feb '13, 4pm

Barefoot running, shoes, and born to run. Worth a read.

If you are are injured , or struggle with chronic injury problems, then give barefoot running a try. It may be especially helpful if you have knee problems, or any anterior injuries (anterior shin pain, for example), because going barefoot will switch the load. The benefit (in a backward kind of way) of starting injured is that you're pretty much compelled to go back to beginner level and build up, so your chances of staying beneath that "injury risk line" are better! If you are not injured , but fancy trying it, then by all means, go for it, but be very careful . I would suggest the best way to approach it is to think of barefoot running as a training modality. Just like you'd go to Pilates to improve core strength, or spend time in the gym on upper body or leg, think of barefoot running as a session. There is some evidence for this, incidentally. Pieter Bruggemann (of Os...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/06/barefoot-running-...

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