Maximal Running Shoes May Raise Injury Risk for Women


Oversized sneakers designed to provide more comfort and stability – maximal running shoes – increase injury risk for female runners, suggests a small study from Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend. Results of the study were published in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Fifteen female runners were involved in the study, which compared the biomechanics associated with maximal and "neutral" running shoes. Participants ran about three miles on a treadmill wearing one type of shoe, and then ran the same distance 7 to 10 days later while wearing the other type. According to the researchers, the runners experienced a higher impact peak and increased loading rate – which are associated with a higher rate of injuries like plantar fasciitis and stress fractures in the lower leg – with maximal running shoes.

Maximal running shoes have gained in popularity since they were introduced in 2010. They feature added cushioning, particularly in the forefoot region of the shoe, and more than 20 varieties are available. Because there are biomechanical differences between male and female runners, study results may differ in men, according to the researchers.

Sourced from: OJSM