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20 March 2013

Cushioned running shoes alter biomechanics

New research found that padded heel running shoes may alter an adolescent runner's biomechanics and diminish performance.

 Many of today's running shoes feature a heavy cushioned heel. New research presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that these shoes may alter an adolescent runner's biomechanics (the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure) and diminish performance.

The researchers found that shoe type "dramatically" altered running biomechanics in the adolescent runners. When wearing cushioned heel trainers, the athletes landed on their heel 69.8% of the time at all speeds. With the track flats, the heel was the first point of contact less than 35% of the time; and when barefoot, less than 30% of the time.

even when running a 5-minute mile - the athletes landed on their heel first."

 
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