2012 Tom Donaldson Poster Prize 2nd Place – Mr Jonathan Hall

Comparing foot-strike patterns and kinetics during barefoot, two minimal shod and a cushioned shod running condition

It has been claimed that barefoot running may help prevent overuse injuries because it modifies the runner’s gait. As the first study to compare running biomechanics of habitually shod runners whist barefoot and in minimal shoes, results will inform running and sports medicine communities about how differing minimal shoes compare biomechanically to barefoot or traditional trainers.

Objectives: To compare foot-strike, impact peak force, active peak force, loading rate and vertical impulse between running barefoot, in two minimal shod and a cushioned shod condition (control).

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