23 Aug '12, 9pm

Study: Midfoot Strike Might Help Shin Injury

Study: Midfoot Strike Might Help Shin Injury

By Scott Douglas Runners who switched from a heel to midfoot strike had a significantly lower impact loading rate, which might reduce risk for shin stress fractures, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology . Some studies have suggested that a higher impact loading rate, or how quickly the impact of foot strike is spread to the foot and lower leg, can increase risk for stress fractures, especially in the tibia, the larger of the two shin bones. In the new study, French and Canadian researchers measured the impact loading rate in a variety of scenarios in nine runners who usually run with a heel strike. For a baseline measurement of loading rate, the runners ran at their normal pace with their normal gait while wearing conventional motion-control shoes (a French model, the Kalenji Kiprun 2000). Then the researchers measured loading ra...

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