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3/2016
vol. 17
 
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Original paper

The effect of barefoot and barefoot inspired footwear running on tibiofemoral kinetics

Jonathan Sinclair
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University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, United Kingdom
2016, vol. 17 (3), 176– 180
Online publish date: 2019/08/06
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Purpose
The current investigation aimed to examine the effects of running barefoot and in conventional and barefoot inspired footwear on the loads borne by the tibiofemoral joint.

Methods
Fifteen male participants ran at 4.0 m/s over a force platform whilst running barefoot, in barefoot inspired footwear and also in conventional footwear. Lower body kinematics were collected using an eight-camera motion capture system. Peak tibiofemoral force, peak tibiofemoral stress, and tibiofemoral load rate were extracted and compared between footwear via one-way repeated measures ANOVA.

Results
The results showed that the tibiofemoral instantaneous load rate was significantly lower in conventional footwear (106.63 BW/s) in comparison with barefoot running (173.87 BW/s), Vibram Five Fingers (160.17 BW/s), Merrell (155.32 BW/s), Inov-8 (167.79 BW/s), and Nike Free (144.72 BW/s).

Conclusions
This indicates that running barefoot and in barefoot inspired footwear may place runners at increased risk from running-related tibiofemoral pathologies.

keywords:

footwear, biomechanics, tibiofemoral, running

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