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Murphy, Kelly
Barefoot running : does it prevent injuries? [eReserve]


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Source: Sports Medicine 2013 43(11): 1131-1138
ISSN: 1179-2035

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Curry, Emily J
Matzkin, Elizabeth G

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Sports Medicine 2013 43(11): 1131-1138


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Sports Med (2013) 43:1131-1138
DOI 10.1007/s40279-013-0093-2

Barefoot Running: Does It Prevent Injuries?
Kelly Murphy· Emily J. Curry· Elizabeth G. Matzkin

Published online: 30 August 2013

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013

Abstract 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 com­
munity. Preventative measures are essential to decrease the
risk of injury within the sport. Common running injuries
include patellofemoral pain syndrome, tibial stress frac­
tures, 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 bare­
foot running to decrease the overall risk of injury second­
ary to...

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