A new study shows that new runners don’t need to worry about whether or not to purchase stabilizing sneakers that help correct pronation, or how much your feet roll in after striking the ground. While stabilizing shoes are designed to help prevent injuries, new runners only need to opt for a basic neutral shoe, researchers say.
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark recruited 927 new runners and classified their feet as highly supinated, supinated, neutral, pronated, or highly pronated. While of all the runners wore the same neutral running shoe, the Adidas Supernova Glide 3, injury rates among the group over the course of one year were similar.
For the study, injury was defined as "any musculoskeletal complaint of the lower extremity or back caused by running, which restricted the amount of running for at least one week." During the study, 252 runners suffered an injury.
Findings appeared last week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
"I think we would get a different result" with long-time runners, study lead Dr. Rasmus Nielsen told Runners World. "Since experienced runners have familiarized themselves using a specific type of shoe, it would be potentially injurious to transfer from a different shoe type than the neutral to the neutral shoe."
"Since most pronators use another shoe than the neutral shoe and the ones with a neutral foot posture use neutral shoes, I would expect the experienced pronators to sustain more injuries than the experienced neutrals if they had to run in a neutral shoe," he added.
A prior study, as Nielsen pointed out, found no difference in injury rate among 81 women who were randomly assigned, regardless of foot type, to sport neutral, stability, or motion-control running shoes. -- AFP Relaxnews