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New Runners and Heel Striking

February 4th, 2013

The topic of heel striking is not exactly fresh fodder for controversy among runners, but this article over on Runners’ World caught our eye.

A group of Danish researchers recently found that nearly all novice runners are, in fact, heel strikers. Other studies have found that heel striking is less prevalent among more experienced runners, so what gives? It could be that the newbie runners were issued the Adidas Supernova Glide 3, a traditional neutral shoe. It wouldn’t be surprising to find that a good chunk of heel cushioning encourages runners to heel strike, and the Danish researchers admit that the results may have been different if study participants were given more minimal footwear.

Read the full article here to see some of the latest info on running footstrikes.

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  • Nick

    “To my knowledge, it has not been proven that forefoot strike and midfoot strike is more effective than rearfoot strike,”

    Most important quote of that article.