Have you heard experienced runners recommend alternating multiple pairs of running shoes to help prevent injury? A recent study looked into whether this oft-repeated prescription works.
Researchers tracked 264 “recreational runners” in a 22-week study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. They recorded the participant’s running sessions, other exercise activities, and injuries, if any. During the study, one third of the runners became injured enough that they had to take at least one day off of running. Unsurprisingly, previous injury was identified as a risk factor for running-related injury.
Runners who trained in only one pair of shoes were at higher risk for injury during the study. In fact, participants who rotated multiple running shoes (3.6, on average) while training had a 39% lower injury risk. What’s more, those runners who participated in multiple sports and cross-training activities also had a lower risk of running-related injuries.
This may be due to the load of running; alternating between different pairs of running shoes changes how you run and how the impact forces affect your lower legs.
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