27 Sep '12, 4pm

Study: Minimalist runners report fewer injuries, but why? @exerscience explains:

By Amby Burfoot A new study from a U.S. Army-Baylor University doctoral program in physical therapy has found a strikingly low rate (13.7 percent) of injuries among barefoot/minimalist runners. In the same study, shod runners wearing traditional shoes reported a 46.7 percent injury rate, or 3.41 times greater than the minimalist runners. The study used a questionnaire to gather information from about 900 runners, roughly half male and half female. Such “self-reported” studies are considered much less rigorous and reliable than those that are researcher-observed. If the runners had any biases about their shoe selection and its likely effect on injury rates, the biases would be reflected in their questionnaire responses. Most injury studies recognize 20 percent as the approximate lower limit of running injury incidence in a year. The abstract summarizing the Baylor study did...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/09/27/new-study-minimal...

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