Journal of Undergraduate Research


foot strike angle, shod, minimalist, barefoot running, injury


Life Sciences


Exercise Sciences


Running is a popular form of exercise. With high incidence of injury, runners are always looking for the next cure to stay injury free. Many webpages offer conflicting advice about shoes and foot strike. Although recommendations vary, barefoot running and use of minimalist shoes has increased. With the change in footwear, many runners have reported injuries from improper technique and repetitive loading. With the use of current technology we analyzed movements of the foot ignored by other studies. This project analyzed foot strike movement in the frontal plane to help us better understand the ideal foot strike technique for running barefoot or with minimalist shoes.

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