How Proprioception Helps Us Run Better

How Proprioception Helps Us Run Better

Barefoot runners achieve better proprioception (which is the sense of joint position and the forces acting on the joints) because the proprioceptive nerves in our under-foot are more strongly activated to levels that immediately and strongly activate our nervous system’s (spinal cord and brain) built-in mechanical and reflexive defense mechanisms that facilitate low-impact footfalls in the absence of underfoot cushioning. Read more here about how improved proprioception via barefoot running can make you a better shod runner!

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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