Running Style Research Featured in News Story on Barefoot Running Trend

Research on running styles conducted by UNC Physical Therapy Professor Michael Gross and Human Movement Science PhD student Don Goss was the focus of a recent story in the News & Observer.

Running Style Research Featured in News Story on Barefoot Running Trend
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Don Goss and Mike Gross

Experts agree that running barefoot - or close to it - forces you to change your form. But what does that mean for injury?

Last year, Gross and Goss launched an online survey to look at injury trends associated with different shoe types and foot-strike patterns. They've gotten more than 2,400 respondents so far - people between the ages 18 and 50 who run at least six miles per week.

Although not yet published, preliminary results suggest that different shoes and running styles may make people prone to different injuries.

Click here to read the full article on the News & Observer Web site.

Click here to read a profile of Don Goss from the 2010 PT Newsletter.