A new study into running shoes found that comfort could come at the cost of injury.

This is Peter’s latest article written for the Conversation.com 23/09/2020 Evolution dictates that the human body adapts to cope with stresses present in the environment. The removal of stress from our environment means we cease to use that adaption. This is why your muscles grow in response to stress at the gym but shrink whenContinue reading “A new study into running shoes found that comfort could come at the cost of injury.”

Adaptation of Running Biomechanics to Repeated Barefoot Running

There is often confusion around the interpretation of scientific studies and what it actually means for runners. We recently wrote a letter to the editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine to further explain findings reported by a study published in their journal. The letter has now been published.  

Even Better than the Real Thing?

Barefoot Strong Summit, Scottsdale, Arizona 26th and 27th October 2019 EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING with Dr Peter Francis,  Join Dr Francis as he shares his research on how existing musculoskeletal conditions can be improved by reverting to minimalist footwear, allowing the foot to move and interact with the ground closer to how itContinue reading “Even Better than the Real Thing?”

Titles and links to all running blogs

Did the new shoes cause my heel pain? ‘What happened when we took the shoes from 9 well trained runners?’ A short blog to translate the science Who best to ‘fix’ my running injury? How much training for the sub-35 minute 10km? The Theory of Self-Control: Key to Consistent Running? Memory of the Boom TimesContinue reading “Titles and links to all running blogs”

Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?

Modern living is said to be killing us. A cocktail of concrete, sugar and screens is mixed with a lack of physical stress which can make us ill. Nature, natural food sources and physical exercise are often suggested as the antidote. Although our modern lifestyles are associated with a lack of physical stress, they promoteContinue reading “Modern Living: Killing Us and Our Athletic Potential?”

Vivobarefoot Research Partnership

Researchers from the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences at Leeds Beckett University have launched a partnership with minimalist footwear company Vivobarefoot. The partnership involves two fully funded doctoral scholarships being offered, jointly funded by Leeds Beckett University and Vivobarefoot. Please see here for more information; the closing date for applications is 31 May 2019.Continue reading “Vivobarefoot Research Partnership”

Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One

A greater focus on conditioning and cross-training this summer allowed me to experiment with some ideas I had about running. One of the hottest summers on record meant that all of my usual grass running routes were almost rock solid. I wondered whether, over time, I would be able to increase pace and distance whilstContinue reading “Allowing Foot and Physiology to Uncoil as One”