Spending more time running barefoot can drastically help improve the nervous systems proprioception which is the awareness of joint and limb position sense and the forces acting on them and also plays a big role in balance control and foot strike intensity. This in turn can help significantly improve your running stride mechanics such as avoiding high-impact landings because when you run barefoot, a part of the body’s proprioceptive system, the impact-avoidance reflex, is more strongly activated as compared with running in thickly cushioned running shoes.
Because running shoes interferes with proprioception, my focus is on how reduced sensory traffic effects proprioceptor density and signaling in shod runners.
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