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Barefoot (BF) running is associated with biomechanical alterations that improve performance by increasing running economy (RE). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of acute BF running on RE in recreational runners. Participants (n = 20) completed treadmill trials in conventional running shoes (CRS) and BF at 60% and 80% of VO2max. A two-way repeated measures analysis of variance (p < 0.05) measured the effects of shoe condition on RE. Results were expected to reflect the speeddependent nature of RE, reduced shoe weight in the BF condition, individualized biomechanical and stride adjustments, and the physiological cost of task novelty. Future directions include expanding population, duration, and variable analysis.

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Boiling Springs, NC


Medicine and Health Sciences | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences

Acute impact of barefoot running on running economy in recreational runners: A conceptual framework.