Over the last year barefoot running has gone through a media blitz. Both major and niche news outlets have pumped the running technique that let’s your body work the way it was designed to work. Unfortunately, balanced analysis of has been few and far between and virtually all articles on the topic have been over the top in their adoration. Enter Dr. Ross Tucker ( Ph. D. in Exercise Physiology) and his “The Science Of Sport” blog. In a recent blog post Dr. Tucker argues the barefoot running community has fallen victim to circular logic. When a shod runner is injured, the shoes are blamed. When a barefoot runner is injured the response is “they weren’t doing it right”. This line of reasoning will always result in barefoot running coming out on top and stifiling any critical analysis. Take a look at the whole article as well as the extensive set of comments.
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