Barefoot running…. is it good for you?November 12, 2013
I went to the Biannual Australian Physiotherapy Conference in Melbourne last month. I heard all about the latest and greatest in the world of Physiotherapy.
There is always cutting edge research and products on show!
Jason Bonachi did an interesting presentation on Thursday that fans the flames on the barefoot running controversy and I loved it!
His study basically analysed barefoot running with AIS athletes running 100km plus per week. He showed that in mid stance when barefoot running the knee doesn’t extend as much.
In ‘laymans’ terms this means that every time the foot hits the ground the posterior chain of muscles down the back of the leg works better. Thereby taking the load off the anterior knee.
As I have mentioned before a lot of people these days are “Quadzillas!!!”
His study also showed barefoot running tends to decrease stride length and increase cadence of the running.
Which I mentioned previously was crucial in normalizing muscle balance in the legs.
Good work Jason!