Increased running cadence simulates some advantages of going barefoot
from Lower Extremity Review
The acute effects of increased running cadence are similar to those of barefoot running, according to two studies that looked at the two techniques in a single group of runners. Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City analyzed five healthy runners, all rearfoot strikers, who ran overground under three conditions: shod at self-selected cadence, shod at a cadence 10 percent above preferred, or barefoot at a self-selected cadence. All participants typically trained in neutral running shoes.
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