Austin Sports Medicine: Benefits of Barefoot Running

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

Over the last few years, footwear manufacturers have attempted to mimic barefoot running with lines of minimalistic running shoes. But what exactly is minimal footwear? According to Harvard University, it is “any footwear that lacks high-cushioned heels, stiff soles and arch support.” Given these parameters of minimal hazard protection, traction and overall support, many may wonder why some runners are so keen on adopting this relatively new brand of running shoe. Here are a few of the benefits to minimalist running:

  • Helps strengthen feet
  • Improves running economy
  • Decreases run time
  • Improves running form
  • Reduction of heel strike, which leads to less pressure on the body

Next week we’ll discuss how to properly prepare and train your feet for barefoot/minimalist running.

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