Running from Injury

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research from France and Luxembourg say there is no evidence the shock-absorbing tennis shoes keep runners from injury as manufacturers claim.

    Researchers from France and Luxembourg say that there’s no evidence suggesting that shock-absorbing tennis shoes really keep runners from running-related injuries.  After observing 250 runners for five months who used provided running shoes--some with more softer-soles and others with a hard mid-sole, researchers found that the type of sole did not have any bearing on injury.  What did, however, was a runner’s body weight and overall fitness level.  Though manufacturers claim that heavier runners need additional shock-absorption in their shoes, scientists don’t believe the shoes will actually have a positive effect.