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The Biomechanics of Foot Strikes

April 30, 2010

Here is an article on the Biomechanics of Foot Strikes & Applications to Running Barefoot or in Minimal Footwear, released by the Harvard University Skeletal Biology Lab.  In the article they discuss the following topics.

a) Human evolution and endurance running
b) Foot and lower limb biomechanics when running in shoes
c) Foot and lower limb biomechanics when running barefoot or in minimal shoes
d) Biomechanical differences between forefoot and midfoot striking and heel striking
e) Tools to help assess potential benefits of learning to forefoot or midfoot strike
f) Transitioning safely to forefoot or midfoot striking in minimal footwear or barefoot

Read the complete study, complete with photo’s and videos, here.

“Exercise is not a thing we do to fix a problem. It is a thing we must do anyway, a thing without which there will always be problems.” – Mark Rippetoe

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