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Hoseini S Z, Eslami M. Effect of Five-Finger Shoes on Vertical Ground Reaction Force Loading Rates and Perceived Comfort during the Stance Phase of the Running. J Sport Biomech 2016; 2 (1) :37-47
URL: http://biomechanics.iauh.ac.ir/article-1-62-en.html
1- Department of Sport Biomechanics, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Mazandaran University, Sari, Iran.
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Objective:  Increased vertical ground reaction force loading rates and lack of comfort footwear in the early stance phase can increase the risk of overuse injuries. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Five-finger shoes on vertical ground reaction force loading rate and perceived comfort during the stance phase of running.

Methods: 15 male students (aged 24 ± 5/24 years, weight 75/8 ± 4/61 kg, height 178/6 ± 6/64 cm) were selected. Subjects were asked to run over a force plate, in control shoe, five finger shoe and barefoot conditions. Loading rate using the slope of the vertical reaction force and perceived comfort were determined using a visual analogue scale. One factor repeated measures ANOVA was used to test the loading rate hypothesis and Paired t-tests was used to test the meaningfulness of perceived comfort (P<0/05).

Results: The effect of shoes on loading rate was found to be not significant (P=0.1). However, comfort of control shoes increased by 10. 92% as compared to that of five-finger shoes (P=0.001).

 Conclusion: The loading rate of five-finger shoes is the same as that of barefoot during running; however, as subjects did not perceive them as comfortable as regular shoes are five-finger shoes cannot be advised as a desirable choice in exercises.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2015/05/12 | Accepted: 2015/08/19 | Published: 2016/02/3

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