Running Shoe Technology may not have a big impact on reducing running risk injuries
A new study, “Influence of midsole hardness of standard cushioned shoes on running-related injury risk“, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed little evidence that running shoe technology have in reducing running risk injuries
The researchers monitored 247 runners wearing trainers from “a renowned sports equipment manufacturer,” with varying midsole stiffness. After five months, it turned out that runners wearing heavily cushioned shoes picked up just as many injuries as those wearing stiffer ones. Also for heavier runners – usually a target audience for the extra cushioning, there wasn’t even any evidence that softer shoes helped them either.
It always prudent not to expect one bit of technology to solve your running injuries. As we have mentioned time and time again in the past, we always need to at the entire system that involved in running, bio-mechanically your running gaits, supporting muscles and control, training techniques and training volume.
As often the case, one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel; one good apple is not going to miraculously improve a barrel of bad ones. Take a holistic view of your entire running activity and feel better for it.