Running is a big business. Impact Guidance system, Heel clutching, Fluidride Tech, Midfoot Thrust enhancer, hell, there’s even a 250$ microchip shoe that adjusts cushioning for every stride. (yes, for real)
Technology in running shoes has been dramatically changed over the last couple of decades. There are literally millions of dollars being pumped into the research for new shoe-tech.
All this research lead up to amazing shoes that make sure your feet, ankles, and knees stay strong and cozy right?
hmm… not really.
In fact, statistics show that injuries among runners have actually gone up rather than down.
Nowadays, every year, 65-80% of all runners suffer an injury. That is almost all of them, every year. If that percentage of people gets the flu we’d call that an epidemic.
These types of statistics raise questions that science can’t seem to answer. In a research paper for the British journal of sport, medicine was revealed that er are no evidence, not-a-single-one, based studies that show running shoes decrease the chance of you getting hurt.
Dr. Richards, the man behind the revelation mentioned above, decided to contact running shoe companies with a couple of straightforward questions:
– Are you willing to claim that wearing your distance running shoes will decrease the risk on musculoskeletal running injuries?
– Are you willing to claim that wearing your running shoes will improve your runners’ performance?
– If you are ready to stand by these claims, where is your peer-reviewed data to back it up?
The response he got from all the companies he tried to contact was all the same:
Where does that leave you if you’re ready to get into running just now? It might only mean that you don’t have to throw down as much money as you thought.
Don’t fear. The takeaway from this article is not that you are going to end up hurt like everybody else. I suggest a different path.
A path of strength, coordination and smart planning. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts!
*Source: Born to Run, Timothy McDougal (great book!)