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Barefoot Running: Does It Prevent Injuries?

Overview of attention for article published in Sports Medicine, August 2013
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81 tweeters
1 peer review site
9 Facebook pages
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Barefoot Running: Does It Prevent Injuries?
Published in
Sports Medicine, August 2013
DOI 10.1007/s40279-013-0093-2
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Kelly Murphy, Emily J. Curry, Elizabeth G. Matzkin


Endurance running has evolved over the course of millions of years and it is now one of the most popular sports today. However, the risk of stress injury in distance runners is high because of the repetitive ground impact forces exerted. These injuries are not only detrimental to the runner, but also place a burden on the medical community. Preventative measures are essential to decrease the risk of injury within the sport. Common running injuries include patellofemoral pain syndrome, tibial stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Barefoot running, as opposed to shod running (with shoes), has recently received significant attention in both the media and the market place for the potential to promote the healing process, increase performance, and decrease injury rates. However, there is controversy over the use of barefoot running to decrease the overall risk of injury secondary to individual differences in lower extremity alignment, gait patterns, and running biomechanics. While barefoot running may benefit certain types of individuals, differences in running stance and individual biomechanics may actually increase injury risk when transitioning to barefoot running. The purpose of this article is to review the currently available clinical evidence on barefoot running and its effectiveness for preventing injury in the runner. Based on a review of current literature, barefoot running is not a substantiated preventative running measure to reduce injury rates in runners. However, barefoot running utility should be assessed on an athlete-specific basis to determine whether barefoot running will be beneficial.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 1%
Spain 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 331 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 102 29%
Student > Master 66 19%
Student > Postgraduate 32 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 30 9%
Researcher 25 7%
Other 73 21%
Unknown 23 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 107 30%
Medicine and Dentistry 103 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 31 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 26 7%
Engineering 12 3%
Other 37 11%
Unknown 35 10%

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