Does Forefoot Running Prevent Injury?

Does Forefoot Running Prevent Injury?

When it comes to injury prevention in running, forefoot running may come out on top as compared with heel strike running. For instance, forefoot running may be hugely significant in preventing tibial (shin) fracture because it may put the tibia under much less pressure. Research has found that forefoot running has the direct effect of aligning the tibia more vertically at touchdown (shown right) which positions the tibia of the stance leg closer to the mass of the body. As a result, compressive forces and tensile stress are greatly reduced on the lower leg as compared with landing heel-first (heel strike) during running. Read more here!

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

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.
Bretta Riches

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