31 Mar '12, 6pm

Great post by @Scienceofsport on scientific method and unfounded hype: Vibram shoes named in lawsuit:

We don't know which conditions (injuries) the treatment will be effective for. And by definition, this means we can't say when it will be ineffective We don't know what the correct dosage is We don't know how to phase the dosage in over time for different people We don't know whether the "treatment" is effective for everyone, or whether there are responders and non-responders We don't recognize the possible "contra-indications". When you take a powerful drug prescribed by a doctor, he knows to check for certain conditions - pregnancy, allergies etc. For barefoot running, nobody has thought about this What is the effect of other factors on the success of the 'treatment'? For example, how does fatigue, terrain, muscle weakness, flexibility, strength etc impact on the success of the outcome? As a result of all of the above, we are in a very poor position to quantify the risks...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2012/03/vibram-shoes-name...

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