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Mechanical comparison of barefoot and shod running.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16195994     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to further compare shod versus barefoot running, 35 subjects ran two bouts of 4 minutes at 3.33 m x s(-1) on a treadmill dynamometer. Parameters were measured on about 60 consecutive steps. Barefoot showed mainly lower contact and flight time (p < 0.05), lower passive peak (1.48 versus 1.70 body weight, p < 0.05), higher braking and pushing impulses (p < 0.05), and higher pre-activation of triceps surae muscles (p < 0.05) than shod. It was concluded that when performed on a sufficient number of steps, barefoot running leads to a reduction of impact peak in order to reduce the high mechanical stress occurring during repetitive steps. This neural-mechanical adaptation could also enhance the storage and restitution of elastic energy at ankle extensors level.
C Divert; G Mornieux; H Baur; F Mayer; A Belli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports medicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0172-4622     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Med     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-30     Completed Date:  2005-12-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008349     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  593-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Physiology, GIP Exercice-Sport-Santé, University of Saint-Etienne, France.
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MeSH Terms
Foot / physiology*
Gait / physiology
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
Running / physiology*

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