Barefoot Running Benefits: Better Proprioception

What is Proprioception and How it Can Make You Run Better

07/09/2019 Bretta Riches 0

Spending more time running barefoot can drastically help improve the nervous systems proprioception which is the awareness of joint and limb position sense and the forces acting on them and also plays a big role in balance control and foot strike intensity. This in turn can help significantly improve your running stride mechanics such as avoiding high-impact landings because when you run barefoot, a part of the body’s proprioceptive system, the impact-avoidance reflex, is more strongly activated as compared with running in thickly cushioned running shoes.

Cushioned Running Shoes May Cause Over Pronated Feet

Do Cushioned Running Shoes Cause Injuries?

16/08/2019 Bretta Riches 0

Thick cushioned running shoes with stability support may increase the risk of injuries because they may actually force the feet into extreme positions (hyperpronation) which may cause the ankles to work harder in keeping foot-steps steadied through the touchdown and stance phases of running. This increased mechanical work at the ankles may spill over onto multiple sites of the leg, like the shins and knees and may be a net contributor to many common running-related injuries, such as ankle sprains, shin splints and runner’s knee.

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