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. 2011 Jun;32(6):401-6.
doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1265203. Epub 2011 Apr 6.

Oxygen Cost of Running Barefoot vs. Running Shod

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Oxygen Cost of Running Barefoot vs. Running Shod

N J Hanson et al. Int J Sports Med. .

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the oxygen cost of running barefoot vs. running shod on the treadmill as well as overground. 10 healthy recreational runners, 5 male and 5 female, whose mean age was 23.8±3.39 volunteered to participate in the study. Subjects participated in 4 experimental conditions: 1) barefoot on treadmill, 2) shod on treadmill, 3) barefoot overground, and 4) shod overground. For each condition, subjects ran for 6 min at 70% vVO (2)max pace while VO (2), heart rate (HR), and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were assessed. A 2 × 2 (shoe condition x surface) repeated measures ANOVA revealed that running with shoes showed significantly higher VO (2) values on both the treadmill and the overground track (p<0.05). HR and RPE were significantly higher in the shod condition as well (p<0.02 and p<0.01, respectively). For the overground and treadmill conditions, recorded VO (2) while running shod was 5.7% and 2.0% higher than running barefoot. It was concluded that at 70% of vVO (2)max pace, barefoot running is more economical than running shod, both overground and on a treadmill.

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  • Is barefoot running more economical?
    Kram R, Franz JR. Kram R, et al. Int J Sports Med. 2012 Mar;33(3):249; author reply 250. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1301923. Epub 2012 Feb 29. Int J Sports Med. 2012. PMID: 22377836 No abstract available.

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