Should the Air Force Teach Running Technique
Air War College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Running is a valuable aerobic training activity and is used by all the American military branches for conditioning and measuring aerobic fitness. Despite the benefits of running, injury rates of 20-92 are reported in the medical literature. New concepts in running, consisting of minimalist shoes, barefoot running, and gait training techniques, have the potential to lower injury rates and make it more likely that running will be incorporated into a life-long fitness program. These modalities are reviewed and the current medical research is evaluated to determine the potential benefits of minimalist shoes, barefoot running, and gait training techniques.