Efficient form and lightweight shoes are the keys to staying healthy
By Danny Abshire, co-founder, Newton Running
Do you think a running shoe with a thickly cushioned heel pad and rigid medial post can keep you from suffering common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome or shin splits? Think again.
Recent research and news reports are confirming what those close to the sport have known for years: running shoes with thick midsoles, extensive anti-pronation devices and large heel crash pads don't prevent injuries.
The key to preventing running injuries is to run with lightweight shoes and efficient, low-impact running form. Running in heavy, overbuilt running shoes can put more strain on a runner's body, reduce proprioception necessary to engage proper form and make a runner's feet and lower legs overwork braking and propulsive muscles and connective tissue â€” a combination which can actually make a runner more prone to common overuse injuries.
A recent study at the University of Newcastle in Australia concluded there is no scientific evidence to support claims that running shoes with elevated heel crash pads and elaborate anti-pronation systems prevent injuries in runners. The findings have been published in the March 2009 edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.Read more...
Good form is the key to efficient running and preventing injuriesBy Danny Abshire, co-founder, Newton Running
I've been coaching efficient running and injury prevention through optimal running form, foot support and footwear for years. It would be naÃ¯ve to go by the results of sponsored elite athletes and satisfied customers, but the initial results of a study started last spring at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reinforced my ideas.
The study, conducted through the Chemistry of Sport class taught by Dr. Patti Christie, took 25 athletic individuals with various running abilities and put them through an eight-week distance running program. The research was based around running 4x800m or 4x1600m repeats while holding a constant heart rate.Read more...
Good running form is the key to efficient running and preventing injuries. When most people take up running for general fitness or to train for a marathon, they donâ€™t think twice about how to do it. They buy a pair of running shoes, lace â€˜em up and start running.
While that simplicity is one of the things that makes running so desirable, if you start running without learning proper form, you could wind up being woefully inefficient, and, worse yet, set yourself up for a variety of debilitating injuries.Read more...