Will a rear foot strike when running get you injured?

There’s a great post over at Sweat Science at the moment:

Lieberman on foot strike and injuries on Harvard’s XC team

It references a recently released study by Dan Lieberman that looked at injury rates in Harvard’s cross-country team between 2006 and 2011.

It links in really nicely with my post from yesterday.

The study showed that rearfoot strikers had around twice the injury rate of forefoot strikers, but there is huge variation. Some rearfoot strikers were rarely injured and some forefoot strikers were injured all the time.

The hypothosis?

“running style is probably a more important determinant of injury than footwear ” 

 

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