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!
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.
Latest posts by Bretta Riches (see all)
- Barefoot Running May Prevent Impact Load Imbalances on the Body - 08/09/2019
- How Proprioception Helps Us Run Better - 07/09/2019
- Preventing Foot Stress Fracture From Running - 30/08/2019