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Barefoot Running Using a Treadmill

Current medical research is suggesting that, in the lab, runners that adopt some of the key components of barefoot running ‘style’ or ‘natural running’ can reduce impact loading rates and reduce joint torques which can potentially lead to fewer injuries. We will discuss the characteristics of barefoot running and practice its techniques using proper posture, cadence, arm swing, stride characteristics and upper body mechanics. Trainers will practice cueing barefoot runners on treadmills with the oversight of the instructor. Also covered will be benefits, progression and contraindications of barefoot running. We will discuss exercises to strengthen the foot, ankle, knee and hip as well as using low-resistance impact exercises to build up strength so that the transition to and continuation of barefoot running can be as comfortable as possible.

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