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Foot Planting in Running - Interesting article.

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Sammo, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Sammo

    Sammo Active Member

  2. matthew malone

    matthew malone Active Member

  3. matthew malone

    matthew malone Active Member

    Daniel E. Lieberman et al (2010) Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners. Nature, 463, 531-535 .

    Humans have engaged in endurance running for millions of years1, but the modern running shoe was not invented until the 1970s. For most of human evolutionary history, runners were either barefoot or wore minimal footwear such as sandals or moccasins with smaller heels and little cushioning relative to modern running shoes. We wondered how runners coped with the impact caused by the foot colliding with the ground before the invention of the modern shoe. Here we show that habitually barefoot endurance runners often land on the fore-foot (fore-foot strike) before bringing down the heel, but they sometimes land with a flat foot (mid-foot strike) or, less often, on the heel (rear-foot strike). In contrast, habitually shod runners mostly rear-foot strike, facilitated by the elevated and cushioned heel of the modern running shoe.
  4. DaVinci

    DaVinci Well-Known Member

    I think we dismissed the claims in the Lieberman article in another thread.
  5. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

  6. Sam:

    This is a great article. Thanks for sharing it. It is so refreshing for me to read an objective analysis of this forefoot versus rearfoot striking discussion without all the hype.
  7. matthew malone

    matthew malone Active Member


    Do you have a copy of this article? i cant get hold of one.


  8. Matt:

    Send me $35.00 and I'll buy it for you.;)
  9. matthew malone

    matthew malone Active Member


    Thanks for making me laugh this morning:dizzy:

    my appolgies I suppose i just assumed you were the man who had copies to everything!

    I can purchase this article through the hospital library as my humble podiatry salary would miss the $35
  10. JB1973

    JB1973 Active Member

    I'm a little biased, as I am someone who changed his footstrike from a heel strike to a midfoot strike, but I'm not sure you can make conclusions from just one study

    one of the comments from an answer in the above link kindly provided by sam by a barefoot runner who had 'seen the light' and started running barefoot. i agree its probably not great to make conclusions from just one study, but its slightly better that than make conclusions from no studies at all.
  11. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Isn't it bizarre? They willing to change one way on the basis of no research, but are not willing to change the other way on the basis of some research (I have not looked to see the quality of the research). ....typical of the attitude of the barefoot running community.
  12. Simon Wheeler

    Simon Wheeler Welcome New Poster

    I have video footage from side on of various ITU World Cup triathlon races from last year (2009). This footage is of the elites (and others) including most of the big names. This footage shows exactly what the referenced article shows and what most people have been talking about on this forum, about how every one lands differantly.
    This footage is at 300 fps as it is off the casio camera. Clinically I find it of great use to show serious athletes who are being encouraged by their own readings or outside influences to change their stye, without sound reason. In this case a video speaks a 1000 words!
    If it is possible to download large files I could put them up here? It is in quicktime format, I think they range in size from 6MB to 120MB.

    Simon Wheeler
  13. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Simon - email them to podiatryarena@gmail.com -- I will load them on the server and we can view them from there. It may be worth starting a new thread on this.
  14. JB1973

    JB1973 Active Member

    is it worth starting another new thread? there are already currently 3 i think all talking about the same thing. i think we should concentrate on one, probably the original one started by Kevin -'barefoot running debate'. its all becoming a bit confusing trying to keep up;)

    like Kevin though i love this stuff, even though its mighty frustrating sometimes (Ians twitter post on the other thread being a prime example)
  15. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Here is Simon's video:
    http://www.podiatry-arena.com/images/MensITUHamburg 09.wmv

    It should open by clicking on the link. If not right click on the link and use 'save as' and open it from your comuter
  16. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Is any one having problems accessing this? I just had a report of 'access denied', but can not find a problem??? :confused:
  17. Works for me on my Mac.
  18. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Works for me (and I'm running Vista!)
  19. JB1973

    JB1973 Active Member

    working for me. cheers Simon (and admin)

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