Did anyone see the recent Runner's World magazine? They had a little
blurb about a study of runners, and they discovered that those who
ran with less impact, suffered fewer overuse injuries. These folks
must be rocket scientists or something!
Of course one thing that they didn't mention, is WHY some runners
land with more impact. This was covered in an earlier study:
Steven E. Robbins and Adel M. Hanna. "Running-related injury
prevention through barefoot adaptations," Medicine and Science in
Sports and Exercise, 19(2), 1987, pp. 148-156
"The modern running shoe and footwear in general have successfully
diminished sensory feedback without diminishing the injury inducing
impact, a dangerous situation."
If runners depend on their running shoe's technology to protect them,
they are less likely to think about running technique as a means of
Contrary to popular belief, I'm not a Luddite. Technology can be OK,
and it has potential to improve our lives. After all, I make a good
living off people who want to depend on technology and don't
understand that technology is not dependable.
But, if we use technology as a substitute for our own natural
capacities (both running and thinking in this case), we gain nothing
of value, and lose something of greater value, that is our own nature.
Just my little philosophical contribution for the day.