The selection that a runner tends to make with what running shoes to run in could be extremely important. Getting the running shoe right has ramifications for how fast the athlete runs and could very well impact the possibility for a running injury. There are actually, however, experts that do argue with this and there is certainly plenty of discourse in regards to the issues. There exists some studies to support both sides with this debate, but not much consensus and it relies on the method that you desire to spin the studies concerning which side of the argument that you want to believe in. The podiatry relevant live stream via Facebook, PodChatLive a short while ago discussed this issue by interviewing Dr Chris Napier, Physical Therapist as well as Associate Professor from the University of British Columbia (and 2:33 marathon runner). PodChatLive is a monthly chat which goes out live on Facebook and then uploaded to YouTube at the end of the livestream.
Throughout this chat on running shoes, Chris talked about his latest British Journal of Sports Medicine column which was about the logical myths in the athletic shoes debate. The PodChatLive hosts and Chris brought up how runners (both uninjured and injured) ought to decide shoes. They outlined just what the science does actually tells us and what it doesn’t yet show us. They also reviewed just how much emphasis and attention running footwear appears to receive and questioned, can it be merely 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 first got his his Master of Physiotherapy qualification in Perth in Australia, in 2003, and then his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2018 on running biomechanics and injury. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialised his education with postgrad studies in manual therapy and sport physical therapy.