PRO Compression, Leading Graduated Compression Socks Distributor, Discusses Cushioned-Heel Running Shoes

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Following the publication of an article about new research findings indicating that heavy cushioned-heel running shoes may be altering adolescent runner’s biomechanics and diminishing performance, PRO Compression releases a statement.

On April 6, 2013, Pro Compression releases a statement following a Science Daily article regarding how a recent study was presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons which may have found evidence that running shoes which feature a heavy cushion may be having a negative impact on adolescent runners.

According to the Science Daily article, researchers used 12 competitive adolescent athletes from local track teams and had them run on a treadmill while wearing large heel trainers, track flats, and then without wearing any shoes, all at four different speeds. The biomechanics were measured with a motion-capturing device.

Scott Mullen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University Of Kansas Hospital, was quoted in the article as saying, “What we were trying to evaluate is whether or not the foot strike would change in an adolescent – who doesn't yet have a permanently established [gait] – when they changed their shoe or running speed.”

The article mentions that the shoe type altered running biomechanics in adolescent runners. When the athletes wore cushioned heel trainers, they landed on their heels 69.8 percent of the time at all speeds. With the track flats, they landed on the heel less than 35 percent of the time, and when barefoot, the heel was landed on first less than 30 percent of the time. Heel cushioned shoes promote runners landing on their heels first, which can give them less of a performance advantage.

A study conducted in 2010 found that “heel strike running distributes more energy to hips and knees,” meaning that “running in flat- soled shoes that promote a forefoot strike may present a healthier foot strike for runners over a lifetime, possibly resulting in fewer hip and knee problems.”

PRO Compression, creator of compression socks for runners, knows how important the proper accessories can be for all athletes' performance. CEO Eric Smith said “young runners might be drawn to using a running shoe with a lot of heel support, because a shoe with more support might seem like the best way to provide comfort on long runs.
But the data shows that, in fact, the heavy heel cushioned shoes are clearly having a negative impact on adolescent runners. Going with a flat heel shoe and using compression socks can give a runner the support they need without impacting performance.”

At PRO Compression we’ve created high-quality, graduated compressions socks tailor-made for the weekend runner and elite athlete. Unlike countless gimmicks that claim to improve your performance, with PRO Compression socks, the instant, positive improvement isn’t an empty promise – it’s purely scientific.

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