Is Heel Strike Running Bad for Performance?

Is Heel Strike Running Bad for Performance?

Is heel strike running bad? The long-list of musculoskeletal stressors from the heavy impact loads in heel strike running may require more energy demands than forefoot running. Not only that, running with high impacts, like in heel strike running, can be pain and injury-predisposing as well. 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