The truth about MAXimalist shoes! New infographic

You may have noticed a flurry of activity in the research community, looking at the effect of so called 'maximalist" shoes, particularly in relation to impact loading.

The most recent of these has created quite a stir with the press, and you can read a precis of it here.

This latest study concluded that: "runners experienced a higher impact peak and increased loading rate with the "maximal" shoes. Increases in both factors are associated with a greater likelihood of injury, such as plantar fasciitis and tibial stress fractures"

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Well actually this conclusion is drawing a very long bow, and there are significant limitations to this studt, not least of which is a small sample size of 15, and a bit of a gernder bias, they were ALL women!

This issue is going to shake out sometime soon, and I hope this new infographic will help to bring some sanity to the discussion.. enjoy!

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