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Running Barefoot or in Minimalist Shoes: Evidence or Conjecture?

Rothschild, Carey PT, DPT, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318241b15e
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Abstract

SUMMARY: RUNNING BAREFOOT OR IN MINIMALIST FOOTWEAR HAS BECOME A POPULAR TREND. WHETHER THIS TREND IS SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE OR CONJECTURE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. THIS ARTICLE WILL REVIEW THE BIOMECHANICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RUNNING BAREFOOT AND IN SHOES THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE LITERATURE. IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE AN EVIDENCE-BASED PREPARATORY EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TRANSITIONING TO THE BAREFOOT STYLE OF RUNNING.

Author Information

Program in Physical Therapy, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Carey Rothschild is a Physical Therapist and Instructor in the Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida.

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