Effect of minimal shoes on vertical and leg stiffness in running

T. Lussiana, L. Mourot

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Aim: The purpose of this study was to verify whether stiffness is altered by wearing minimalist shoes during running. Synthesis: Fourteen runners carried out two trials of 5minutes at 10km.h-1, one was performed with minimal shoes and the other with traditional shoes. Kinematics data were measured by an Optojump® and vertical (kvert) and leg stiffness (kleg) were calculated from these data. Conclusion: The kinematics adaptations induced an increase in kleg in minimalist shoes, whereas kvert is not influenced by the type of shoes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-337
Number of pages3
JournalScience and Sports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Minimalist shoes
  • Running
  • Spring-mass model
  • Stiffness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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