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Old 01-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #16
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Default Re: Running/Skipping injury advise needed please.....

Running barefoot is nice in theory but it's highly likely your feet aren't going to be strong enough for a while, you'll be at greater risk of injury until you adapt. A proper running shoe is great if you get the right one for your mechanics. The surface you run on makes little difference to your chance of injury, there is a slightly higher risk when running on harder surfaces as your legs are more compliant in response, that means you use your muscles more instead of the elastic recoil of tendons to propel you. What that means is that your muscles may fatigue quicker putting you at risk of injury. The forces to your knees are exactly the same regardless of running surface, just like animals our systems become stiffer or more compliant in response to the surface.
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