October 14, 2013

Special Running Shoes Don’t Always Prevent Injuries

Researchers from France and Luxembourg say that there’s no evidence suggesting that shock-absorbing tennis shoes really keep runners from running-related injuries. After observing 250 runners for five months who used provided running shoes – some with more softer-soles and others with a hard mid-sole – researchers found that the type of sole did not have any bearing on injury. What did, however, was a runner’s body weight and overall fitness level. Though manufacturers claim that heavier runners need additional shock-absorption in their shoes, scientists don’t believe the shoes will actually have a positive effect.

[ Read the Article: Study: Shock-Absorbing Running Shoes Don’t Reduce Injury Risk ]

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