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Do cushioned running shoes prevent injuries or cause them?


Does a running shoe with an elevated heel speed you up or slow you down?


Researchers at the University of Newcastle are planning a series of studies to determine how basic differences in running shoe design, such as heel elevation and degree of cushioning, affect injury rates and distance running performance.


A eligibility list of runners interested in taking part in this research is now being created. Runners on the eligibility list will be contacted when runners are being recruited to take part in this research.


All Australian runners aged 18 or over are eligible for inclusion on the eligibility list.


If you would like to be considered for inclusion in these studies, please complete the online survey accessible via this link.




For further information please contact


Dr Craig Richards


E Craig.Richards@newcastle.edu.au


T 0438 264 264



Complaints about this research

This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2011-0244. Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Office, The Chancellery, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 49216333, email Human-Ethics@newcastle.edu.au.

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Great to set this ...


Surprising in some ways it has taken so long for serious studies.


Randomized trial? Mean may by chance if part of the study be selected to wear 'support' runners? Sworn off them now, heavy clunkers :)


My longitudinal study of 30 years, albeit sample size of one :), is that any difference in the injury rate due to different running shoes is statistically insignificant. Wouldnt go quite as far as to say stability shoes cause injuries, although have seen that discussion on Science of Sport. In which case racing flats are great, almost like wearing ballet(!)slippers :)

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