Shoe Midsole Stiffness

Saša Čigoja of the University of Calgary is our guest for this Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast. Saša is a Kinesiology PhD student at the Human Performance Laboratory. Under the supervision of Dr. Benno Nigg, he studies the effects of increased longitudinal midsole bending stiffness of sport shoes on running mechanics. His PhD work focuses on how increased midsole bending stiffness can be used to redistribute lower limb joint work during running, and how this increased stiffness affects the amount and velocity of muscle and muscle-tendon unit shortening. Saša’s research aims to provide some deeper understanding as to why running in stiff shoes can improve running performance.

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