One of the shortcomings of kinematic, kinetic and metabolic studies of barefoot or minimalist running versus traditional shod running is that acute interventions are often used, rather than a prolonged period of habituation to the different conditions under study. It is not known if what is found in these acute intervention studies will still have the same findings after neuromotor adaptation has taken place to different running forms. A new study published last week in the International Journal of Sports Medicine set out to look at those kinematic changes after 12 weeks of a controlled transition program to minimalist running: 12 Weeks of Simulated Barefoot Running Changes Foot-Strike Patterns in Female Runners
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Kinematic changes after 12 weeks of running in minimalist running shoes.