Anyone that knows me well knows that I love minimalist footwear.
There’s just something about these shoes that screams, “I’m FREE!” And because of that, I go out of my way to convince people to be more open to running – or really, doing any activity – in minimalist shoes. For a long time, I gave people anecdotal accounts. It was all based on my experience with minimalist footwear. If nothing else, it was at least honest. That’s something, right?
But it wasn’t anything substantial, and I wanted to do better than that.
Luckily, while I was completing my Master’s degree, I had the opportunity to write a literature review about a biomechanics topic of my choosing. Of course, I chose to write about my favorite kind of shoes. Because the scope of the project would have been huge otherwise, I limited my writing to one specific area: injury.
I learned a ton and I’m really happy with how that project turned out. I was so happy, in fact, that I decided to turn it into an article for one of the the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) journals, Personal Training Quarterly.
If you’ve ever been curious about minimalist footwear, or if you currently use it, you should definitely read through the article. You can check it out here, on page 16: Traditional Versus Minimalist Footwear: Injury Concerns.