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ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 20, 2014 — In recent years, barefoot and minimalist running has caught the attention of reporters and researchers, sparking a debate over its benefits and disadvantages. However, according to research in the US Army Medical Department Journal and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, "only 25%-30% of runners have reported using minimalist footwear on a regular basis, and only 2% run barefoot on a regular basis."
To help runners make informed decisions about this method, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) developed a new resource, "Barefoot and Minimalist Running: What Do We Know?" available on MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's consumer information website.
This new resource explores the latest research on potential benefits of barefoot and minimalist running, including injury prevention, faster running, and foot muscle strengthening.
APTA also provides additional resources for runners in its Health Center for Runners that includes symptoms and conditions guides, podcasts, videos, and more.
Physical therapists can be essential to successful running through their advice to runners on proper form, personalized training methods, strategies for preventing injuries, and proper shoe selection. Physical therapists can also evaluate, diagnose, and treat runners who have sustained running-related injuries.
The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.MoveForwardPT.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT) and Facebook.