Does shoe cushioning really play a role in injury prevention? To address this question, the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory launched a major randomized trial in September 2017, monitoring 800+ leisure-time runners for six months.
The main aim of this study is to investigate the influence of shoe cushioning and body mass on injury risk, while exploring simultaneously the association between running technique and the risk of running-related injury.
Repetitive loading of the musculoskeletal system is suggested to be involved in the underlying mechanism of the majority of running-related injuries. Accordingly, heavier runners are assumed to be at a higher risk of running-related injury. The cushioning system of modern running shoes is expected to protect runners again high impact forces, and therefore, running-related injury. However, the role of shoe cushioning in injury prevention remains unclear.
"Our study is the first worldwide to investigate both running technique and injury risk
in such a large cohort and over such a long period of time.",
says Laurent Malisoux, PhD, Group Leader of PASH research group.
Decathlon Sports Lab, Movement Sciences Department, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France