Forefoot running is safer than heel striking because the impact transient is eliminated. And most elite runners forefoot strike. Yet, many studies omit forefoot running as an effective strategy to avoid injury.
A big problem with research on foot strike in running is reporting bias. Many researchers may favor heel striking over forefoot running because they, themselves are heel strike runners. As a consequence, these researchers tend to show positive results for heel striking over forefoot running in their research.
Reporting bias is further compounded through the tendency to publish positive results, but confine negative or inconclusive findings.
However, newer studies on habitually barefoot runners where forefoot running is predominant, have demonstrated that runners who switched from a forefoot strike to a heel strike were much likely to have no benefit.
The efficacy of forefoot running however, shines through in studies where runners were given proper instruction on the forefoot running technique. For good results to hold up in the research on forefoot running, participants must learn the proper technique of forefoot running.
And finally, habitually barefoot-forefoot runners from countries such as Ethiopia make better controls than barefoot-forefoot runners who were once shod-heel strikers. Why?
Forefoot runners from Ethiopia ran barefoot during critical stages of early developing, allowing them to have a more finely tuned forefoot running technique that closely approximates the forefoot running style of our ancestors 4 million years ago.
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.