Conclusions About Barefoot Running

After reviewing a large amount of relevant data on the many aspects of running, I have come to the conclusion that barefoot running is an evolutionarily sound, biomechanically sound, and statistically plausible way of  improving running and reducing injury.

  • Endurance running was an important survival strategy  for early humans and has left marks in our physiology.
  •  Humans possess many adaptations that allow for efficient running that neither our ancient ancestors nor out present evolutionary relatives have.
  • The skeleture and musculature of the foot and leg are well adapted to handle the forces associated with running.
  • There are no studies or clinical trials that show traditional modern running shoes as effective in reducing injury rates among runners
  • Barefoot running has shown at least marginally better injury prevention rates than shod running
  • More research is needed to ascertain the full extent and range of possible benefits from barefoot running as well as any possible risks related to it.

Please read full text in the order of  Evolutionary Basis for Barefoot Running, The Biomechanical Basis for Barefoot Running, The Analysis of Injury Rates in Running

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