U of C researchers go sole searching

<p>‘If the shoe fits, wear it’ – that’s a theory U of C researchers will be putting to the test in the coming weeks.</p>

 

Study to give shoe theories a test run


 

 

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Dr. Yongkoo Lee, left, and Dr. Martijn Klein Horsman show off the shoes they will be giving out to participants in a running shoe study at the University of Calgary.





‘If the shoe fits, wear it’ – that’s a theory U of C researchers will be putting to the test in the coming weeks.





Two University of Calgary kinesiology researchers are conducting one of the largest-ever studies on running shoe cushioning and comfort to determine if in fact the shoe really fits.





“The fact of the matter is, there has been very little research done to determine which shoe does in fact provide the best cushion impact for each age group and gender,” Dr. Benno Nigg said.





Nigg and his research partner Martijn Klein Horsman are looking for 160 runners ranging from children to adults to seniors to partake in the study designed to determine if shoe salesmen recommend different shoes for different people for a reason.





“Cushioning comfort is an interesting concept. If you feel a shoe is uncomfortable it may be your body’s way of telling you that you need to expend more energy, which can lead to injury,” Nigg added.





The researchers are looking for people under the age of 20 or over 60 who can run for 30 minutes.





Klein Horsman told Metro the subjects of the study will receive a free pair of running shoes worth $100. If interested, please email kleinhorsman@kin.ucalgary.caor phone 210-8933.




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca

 
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