Article

Injuries Observed in Minimalist Runners

Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
Foot & Ankle International (Impact Factor: 1.63). 04/2012; 33(4):262-6. DOI: 10.3113/FAI.2012.0262
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Minimalist runners have been shown to have a different gait pattern with lower impact forces than habitually shod runners. Running in minimalist footwear has been promoted as a means of reducing or eliminating running injuries by returning to a more natural gait.
Ten experienced runners, age 21 to 57 (mean, 43) years, were identified with injuries within 1 year of transition from traditional to minimalist running footwear. Patients were interviewed to determine their running history, injury history, transition to minimalist footwear, and their new injury including its treatment and recovery.
Ten patients who ran with traditional footwear ran an average of 25.9 (range, 6 to 45) miles/week for an average of 18.9 (range, 1 to 40) years presented with injuries 2.8 (range 1 to 10) months after switching to minimalist footwear. Their injuries included eight metatarsal stress fractures, a calcaneal stress fracture, and a plantar fascia rupture. All patients had a successful recovery and returned to their previous level of running.
Injuries including stress fractures and plantar fascia rupture have been observed in minimalist runners.

10 Followers
 · 
181 Views
 · 
0 Downloads
  • Source
    • "Together, these studies suggest that early barefoot running may only induce a greater tendency of a NRFSP instead of a complete modification of landing pattern in habitual shod RFSP runners [32]. This may explain the greater incidence of injuries in novice barefoot runners [36] [37] [38]. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Claims of injury reduction related to barefoot running has resulted in interest from the running public; however, its risks are not well understood for those who typically wear cushioned footwear. Examine how plantar loading changes during barefoot running in a group of runners that ordinarily wear cushioned footwear and demonstrate a rearfoot strike pattern (RFSP) without cueing or feedback alter their foot strike pattern and plantar loading when asked to run barefoot at different speeds down a runway. Forty-one subjects ran barefoot at three different speeds across a pedography platform which collected plantar loading variables for 10 regions of the foot; data were analyzed using two-way mixed multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). A significant foot strike position (FSP)×speed interaction in each of the foot regions indicated that plantar loading differed based on FSP across the different speeds. The RFSP provided the highest total forces across the foot while the pressures displayed in subjects with a non-rearfoot strike pattern (NRFSP) was more similar between each of the metatarsals. The majority of subjects ran barefoot with a NRFSP and demonstrated lower total forces and more uniform force distribution across the metatarsal regions. This may have an influence in injuries sustained in barefoot running. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    The Foot 02/2015; 25(2). DOI:10.1016/j.foot.2015.02.001
  • Source
    • "Also, Lieberman et al. (2010) found that modern running shoes with elevated and cushioned heels caused the runner to land on the heel and thereby increased the collision forces at the ground. Lieberman's suggestion that running barefoot might help to avoid injury has also been criticised, and examples of injuries associated with running barefoot have been published (Giuliani et al. 2011; Salzler et al. 2012). However, Lieberman and the barefoot running movement primarily hypothesise that many running injuries derive from poor running technique (Collier 2011; Lieberman 2012; Rixe et al. 2012). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: JS, & Gouttebarge, V. The optimisation of running technique: what should runners change and how should they accomplish it? J Sport Human Perf 2013;1(3): ABSTRACT Aim: (1) To gather knowledge about interventions (i.e., training programs, running technique methods) aimed to enhance or optimise the running technique in recreational runners by means of reviewing the scientific literature and (2) to identify the barriers and facilitators that are related to learning and applying a natural running technique. Methods: A systematic search of the scientific literature (Medline and SPORTDiscus) was conducted to identify relevant original studies. Subsequently, a qualitative research was conducted focusing on a specific and widely available natural running technique (Chi Running). Information was gathered from recreational runners who followed a Chi Running course by means of interviews and from Chi Running instructors participating in a focus group discussion. Results: Based on 7 original studies identified, step frequency, in combination with other running technique elements (step length and foot strike pattern), the Pose method, and visual feedback about tibial acceleration were found to have a positive effect on ground reaction force, contact time foot-ground, compartment pressures, mechanical power-consumption and self-reported pain. None of the retrieved studies investigated the sustainability of the learned technique aspects. From the interviews and focus group discussion, several barriers in learning and applying a new running technique emerged. The barriers were related to the individual runner (such as a lack of patience), the running technique method itself (such as being too extensive to learn), and the environment (such as adverse reactions from coaches). Conclusion: This study presents technique elements which could be beneficial for runners. Facilitators and barriers in learning and applying a running technique method were explored. This information is valuable in designing evidence-based interventions aimed at optimising running technique in recreational runners.
  • Source
    • "Also, Lieberman et al. (2010) found that modern running shoes with elevated and cushioned heels caused the runner to land on the heel and thereby increased the collision forces at the ground. Lieberman's suggestion that running barefoot might help to avoid injury has also been criticised, and examples of injuries associated with running barefoot have been published (Giuliani et al. 2011; Salzler et al. 2012). However, Lieberman and the barefoot running movement primarily hypothesise that many running injuries derive from poor running technique (Collier 2011; Lieberman 2012; Rixe et al. 2012). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Aim To gather knowledge about interventions (i.e., training programs, running technique methods) aimed to enhance or optimise the running technique in recreational runners by means of reviewing the scientific literature and (2) to identify the barriers and facilitators that are related to learning and applying a natural running technique. Methods A systematic search of the scientific literature (Medline and SPORTDiscus) was conducted to identify relevant original studies. Subsequently, a qualitative research was conducted focusing on a specific and widely available natural running technique (Chi Running). Information was gathered from recreational runners who followed a Chi Running course by means of interviews and from Chi Running instructors participating in a focus group discussion. Results Based on 7 original studies identified, step frequency, in combination with other running technique elements (step length and foot strike pattern), the Pose method, and visual feedback about tibial acceleration were found to have a positive effect on ground reaction force, contact time foot-ground, compartment pressures, mechanical power-consumption and self-reported pain. None of the retrieved studies investigated the sustainability of the learned technique aspects. From the interviews and focus group discussion, several barriers in learning and applying a new running technique emerged. The barriers were related to the individual runner (such as a lack of patience), the running technique method itself (such as being too extensive to learn), and the environment (such as adverse reactions from coaches). Conclusion This study presents technique elements which could be beneficial for runners. Facilitators and barriers in learning and applying a running technique method were explored. This information is valuable in designing evidence-based interventions aimed at optimising running technique in recreational runners.
Show more