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Heiderscheit points out that the idea for conducting the study came from observation of runners in their clinic – they noticed that many patients reported that their knees felt better when they ran fast (which also implies faster cadence). This is a great example of how anecdotes can drive interesting research, and it’s refreshing to hear this. All too often scientists like Nike Air Max 1 Dames to push aside anecdotal evidence, when in actuality it can be the Adidas Superstar Femme greatest source of inspiration for research. What we are seeing right now in the barefoot/minimalist debate is tons of anecdote and little hard research, but my hope is that the anecdotes that are out there will drive researchers to ask and address new and interesting questions. In response to a question posed by Burfoot regarding what he thought might happen if his subjects had worn racing flats, Heiderscheit responded that: “I’d guess, and this is just speculation, that they wouldn’t run the same as in the training shoes. I think they would have selected a preferred stride rate close to our +5 percent condition.” Burfoot goes on to ask about whether “thick, cushioned shoes” encourage runners to take a longer stride, to which Heiderscheit responds that there is lots Asics Gel Lyte 3 Damen of variability (as I would expect), but that it “seems like a reasonable conclusion.“Heiderscheit addresses the fact that runners in his study perceived a higher degree of exertion at a faster stride rate by pointing out that it takes time to adapt to a new stride and not feel “goofy” doing it. This is my experience exactly – any time I try something new with my running gait it feels weird at first, but with practice it tends to become much more comfortable.I want to address this because I often see how results of studies like this can be taken too far to support a point (I’ve probably done it myself from time to time). It’s important to note that Heiderscheit’s study was neither intended nor designed to address the benefits of barefoot/minimalist running. I’d Adidas Gazelle Mujer suspect, though I can’t be sure, that most of the runners in the study Nike Air Max 1 Hombre were wearing modern, thick soled shoes. So it’s entirely possible that the benefits of a shorter, faster stride are independent of footwear.What I do find intriguing is that many people observe a fairly rapid shift in gait when they begin a move into barefoot/minimalist running. I have experienced this myself. Thus, it is possible that going barefoot/minimalist could help you Nike Air Vapormax Dames in a gait transition, which could in turn help you to reap some of the benefits conferred to the subjects in Heiderscheit’s study when running at increased cadence. People should still be aware that making this transition does carry some risk as the body needs time to adapt to the different forces applied to the feet and legs in barefoot/minimalist running, and that a transition needs to be Nike Air Max 90 Womens made slowly and carefully. However, if the transition can be accomplished safely and successfully, and the end benefit is less impact on the knees and hips (and this is shown at some point to reduce injury rates), a slow, steady transition just might be worth it.A question that I have been mulling related to the previous point is what is the long term effect of shortening stride in a thickly cushioned shoe with a lifted heel? If the trend in this study was that runners experienced reduced force on the knees and hips at a stride rate faster than their preferred rate, is it possible that running in a thickly cushioned shoe with a lifted heel encourages a slower cadence/longer stride with higher knee/hip impact, at least in some people (I’m again making the assumption that most of the runners in this study wore this type of shoe)? People running barefoot are advised Nike Air Max 90 Mujer to shorten stride Nike Air Max 95 Dam and increase cadence (often seems to happen automatically), because to do the opposite would hurt (though even Daniel Lieberman’s Nature paper reported some barefoot heel strikers). Could advising people to shorten stride in a lifted shoe potentially be problematic? This was touched on a bit in the Burfoot interview, but one wonders if you train at a stride rate faster than preferred in heel lifted shoes, is there anything problemaic with this?
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