Foot strike pattern while running has a strong influence on rates of loading and tension on the shins whereby forefoot running, especially at faster running speeds, improved foot posture at touchdown which was associated with less straining and taxing engagements of the anterior tibialis (the muscle that runs down the front of the shin). The effect of this may ease the burdens on the shins, making it easier to avoid shin splints. Read more here!
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.