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Traditional Versus Minimalist Footwear—Injury Concerns

by Andy Chassé MS
Personal Training Quarterly April 2015
Vol 2, Issue 4

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When it comes to traditional versus minimalist footwear, there are many considerations for injury risk. This article weighs the risks and benefits of both types of footwear from focusing on current literature on the subject.

This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »

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1. Bergstra, SA, Kluitenberg, B, Dekker, R, Bredeweg, SW, Postema, K, Van den Heuvel, ER, et al. Running with a minimalist shoe increases plantar pressure in the forefoot region of healthy female runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 18(4): 463-468, 2014.
2. Bonacci, J, Saunders, PU, Hicks, A, Rantalainen, T, Vicenzino, PT, and Spratford, W. Running in a minimalist and lightweight shoe is not the same as running barefoot: A biomechanical study. British Journal of Sports Medicine 47(6): 387-392 2013.
3. Cauthon, DJ, Langer, P, and Coniglione, TC. Minimalist shoe injuries: Three case reports. The Foot 23(2-3): 100-103, 2013.
4. Daoud, AI, Geissler, GJ, Wang, F, Saretsky, J, Daoud, YA, and Lieberman, DE. Foot strike and injury rates in endurance runners: A retrospective study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44(7): 1325-1334, 2012.
5. Giuliani, J, Masini, B, Alitz, C, and Owens, BD. Barefoot-simulating footwear associated with metatarsal stress injury in 2 runners. Orthopedics 34(7): 320-323, 2011.
6. Hryvniak, D, Dicharry, J, and Wilder, R. Barefoot running survey: Evidence from the field. Journal of Sport and Health Science 3(2): 131-136, 2014.
7. Kasmer, ME, Ketchum, NC, and Liu, X-C. The effect of shoe type on gait in forefoot strike runners during a 50-km run. Journal of Sport and Health Science 3(2): 122-130, 2014.
8. Lierberman, DE, Davis, IS, and Nigg, BM. Introduction: The past, present, and future of research on running barefoot and in minimal shoes. Journal of Sport and Health Science 3(2): 65-66, 2014.
9. Miller, EE, Whitcome, KK, Lierberman, DE, Norton, HL, and Dyer, RE. The effect of minimal shoes on arch structure and intrinsic foot muscle strength. Journal of Sport and Health Science 3(2): 74-85, 2014.
10. Olin, ED, and Gutierrez, GM. EMG and tibial shock upon the first attempt at barefoot running. Human Movement Science 32(2): 343-352, 2013.
11. Perl, DP, Daoud, AI, and Lieberman, DE. Effects of footwear and strike type on running economy. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44(7): 1335-1343, 2012.
12. Rooney, BD, and Derrick, TR. Joint contact loading in forefoot and rearfoot strike patterns during running. Journal of Biomechanics 46(13): 2201-2206, 2013.
13. Salzler, MJ, Bluman, EM, Noonan, S, Chiodo, CP, and de Asla, RJ. Injuries observed in minimalist runners. Foot and Ankle International 33(4): 262-266, 2012.
14. Sinclair, J. Effects of barefoot and ba

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