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Why is there so much debate about running shoes?

The choice that a runner may make as to what running shoes to wear could possibly be important. Getting the athletic shoes right has implications for how fast the athlete runs and could very well affect the chance for a running injury. You will find, however, experts who do don't agree with that and there is definitely plenty of discourse in regards to the concerns. There is some proof to support both position of this debate, but not much consensus and it relies on the method that you desire to spin the data concerning which side of the discussion that you want to believe in. The podiatry linked live chat via Facebook, PodChatLive a short while ago talked about this issue by talking to Dr Chris Napier, Physiotherapist as well as Associate Professor from the University of British Columbia (and 2:30 marathoner). PodChatLive is a regular chat that goes out live on Facebook and then published to YouTube following the live chat.

Throughout this episode on athletic shoes, Chris summarised his recent British Journal of Sports Medicine paper that was around the logical myths in the running footwear debate. The PodChatLive hosts and Chris spoke of how runners (both uninjured and injured) should choose athletic shoes. They outlined precisely what the research really does actually tells us and just what it doesn’t yet tell us. They also talked about just how much emphasis and attention athletic shoes seems to get and asked, is it basically about comfort? Chris Napier is a Clinical Assistant Professor from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia as well as an associate member of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Chris Napier initially got his his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth in Australia, in 2003, and then his PhD at the UBC in 2018 on running biomechanics and injury. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialised his training with postgrad research in manual therapy and also sport physiotherapy.