Does cushioning prevent running injury? Closer to an answer?

Many times we have discussed the two great paradigms that have driven running shoe design over the past 50 odd years. Motion control strategies and cushioning have been championed as the panacea to injury, however, motion control strategies like dual density midsoles are and have fallen out of favour in recent years. The reason? Quite…

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical

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2 responses to “Does cushioning prevent running injury? Closer to an answer?”

  1. Interesting comment from one of my triathletes who has purchased new super shoe (carbon plate + swanky foam) is that he notices the effect of the shoe more when he is fatigued and is able to keep going longer and faster than previously. My thought was that this may lead to injury as his tissues would not be habituated to this new level of intensity over a greater time. He is becoming well ranked in his sport and I wonder if we should be looking more at tissue habitualisation in our injury prevention rather than our expert shoe recommendations.

    • That is a great observation Colin, and I think there are many of us wondering the same thing. Certainly the work of Brett Kelly showed that the Nike shoe at least did allow althetes to train longer and harder. What the unltimate consequence of this may be remains unanswered…

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