EM sportscience released a video that broke down new research on running shoes so it’s time for an update on my -now- blog series on the topic.
After #1 and #2 , here’s a video that does a great job at explaining what current evidence is showing. Below you’ll find the bullet-points of the talk but if you have the time, I’d recommend watching it all (maybe during your next treadmill run?)
Injuries in running have not gone down over the last 10 years, despite shoe technology
No conclusions can be drawn by comparing former research to now since injuries have changed and runners changed.
Impact force peak doesn’t seem to be a causal factor in running injuries
Most impact doesn’t happen on landing but later in stand phase. Which means cushioning the heel makes less sense than assumed.
There is no good evidence that loading rate (or faster running) leads to higher change of injury.
There is no significant connection between anti pronation properties in shoes and injuries. Actually, it seems that sometimes pronation can be an advantage
New suggested ways of looking at running injuries and shoes might be the “comfort filter” theory and the “preferred movement path” theory.