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Dare to Bare - Rethinking Running Sneakers
With advances in research and technology, runners around the world are inundated with new choices of running sneakers every season. From elite runners to weekend warriors the perception is generally held that today’s sneakers provide more support, comfort and reduce injury prevalence while improving performance. However new research has led many scientists and physicians to begin to question that basic premise. Among those leading this new approach in thinking is Dr. Irene Davis, Director of the Spaulding National Running Center. Dr. Irene Davis will be giving a free lecture at the JCC in Marblehead on June 22, 2011 from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Known in running circles as “The Barefoot Running Professor”, Dr. Davis has researched the relationships among lower extremity structure, mechanics, and injuries experienced by runners. From serious to recreational runners, Dr. Davis’s presentation will show new methods for runners of all ages and abilities to begin to enjoy the benefits running barefoot. She will also show runners simple methods of adjusting their gait and running styles to improve performance and limit injuries.