Barefoot vs. Shoes

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Barefoot vs. Shoes

  1. 1. Barefoot vs. Shoes Which is the better fit? Aileen Foley Athletic Training
  2. 2. What’s the Deal? <ul><li>Some believe running barefoot is the best thing for one’s feet and ankles </li></ul><ul><li>Other’s believe shoes are the best supports while running </li></ul><ul><li>Which is it? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Shoes! <ul><li>Gives support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If tied properly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protects bottom of foot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most run on tough surfaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cushion effect in shoe </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Barefoot! <ul><li>Works muscles in foot that aren’t used while wearing shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Works the ROM (flexibility) of the foot and ankle </li></ul>
  5. 5. How to Test it <ul><li>30 Competitive Runners- Wearing shoes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both ROM and strength tested before test starts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3-4 times a week </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 month period </li></ul></ul><ul><li>40 mins. - 1 hour </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor track (closed course) </li></ul><ul><li>30 Competitive Runners- Barefoot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both ROM and strength tested before test starts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3-4 times a week </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 month period </li></ul></ul><ul><li>40 mins. - 1 hour </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor track (closed course) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To protect the runner’s feet </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What to Conclude <ul><li>If the athletes train barefoot, then the strength and ROM will increase in the foot and ankle </li></ul><ul><li>After the 6 month period, re-test the athlete’s ROM and their strength level </li></ul><ul><li>ROM and strength increase while running barefoot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Athletes should run barefoot in safe environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If athletes must run with shoes, light-weight form fitting shoes </li></ul>

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