12 Nov Foot Strike and Injury Rates in Endurance Athletes

New research recently (Jan 2012) released by Dr. Daniel Lieberman and his team at Harvard University evaluates the injury statuses of a mixed sex collegiate cross country running squad of 52 athletes, looking back across a season. Researchers classified each runner in terms of foot strike type: “Rearfoot (Heel) Striker” or “Forefoot Striker“, and evaluated the injuries reported in the two groups. Of the 52 strong group, 59% were Heel Strikers and 31% Forefoot Strikers.

It turns out that 74% of the total group suffered significant running injury during the season – which follows figures suggested by injury surveillance studies in endurance running

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