Has the running bare foot craze ran it's course?

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Running bare foot does not reduce risk of injury according to new research...

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Scientists say claims that running bare foot prevents injury and that is better for a runner's form are not true.

With bare foot running being quite the craze, researchers at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary investigated whether there was any scientific basis for bare foot running being better for the athlete.

Supporters of the au natural sport say that ditching trainers encourages runners to land on the forefoot instead of the heel, making them less prone to injury.

Not so says researchers Benno Nigg and Henrik Enders as they claim there is no evidence to support this, and that surface, shoe choice, speed and performance mean that a generalisation can not be made in this way.

Findings published in the Footwear Science journal by the bare foot buzz killingtons also went on to say that the additional weight of a shoe had no impact on performance.

But before fans go and kick in their door with their dusty bare feet, the scientists also say that it's not about saying whether bare foot is better or not - it is more important for a runner to find a set up to suit their individual style.

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