Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Review Article, J Athl Enhanc Vol: 8 Issue: 6

Barefoot and Minimalist Running: An Update for the Clinician

Robataille A, Steinley BB* and Dave S

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

*Corresponding Author: Brandon Budiman Steinley
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
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Received: September 24, 2019 Accepted: October 21, 2019 Published: November 07, 2019

Citation: Robataille A, Steinley BB, Dave S (2019) Barefoot and Minimalist Running: An Update for the Clinician. J Athl Enhanc 8:3.


Increased attention, popularity and research over the past decade regarding running in barefoot/minimalist footwear, warrant the need for a comprehensive overview and guide for clinicians working with athletes who participate in this sport. Research exploring the anatomical and physiological adaptations that facilitate running in general and barefoot/minimalist footwear running in particular is extensive and continues to grow. Gait, impact, foot strike patterns and injury in various footwear are all frequently studied, both while wearing traditional footwear and while wearing barefoot/minimalist footwear. The purpose of this review is to summarize the current literature, and discuss benefits, cautions, and considerations for clinicians working with runners. Finally, this review provides practical suggestions in helping the clinician guide runners when they transition from traditional footwear to barefoot/minimalist footwear.

Keywords: Barefoot; Minimalist; Shoes; Footwear; Zero-Drop; Running; Endurance; Gait; Transition; Rear foot; Forefoot; Strike

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