MEDIA RELEASE: Workshop on "unpacking" BAREFOOT RUNNING at the SSISA
November 3, 2014  

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Stress fractures, shin splits, ITB syndrome, runner’s knee, Achilles tendonosis and plantar fasciitis... these injuries need no introduction and are the bane of most runners’ lives affecting two out of every three annually.  The culprit, we are often told, is our running shoes.  With running shoes under fire, it was an “easy entry” for the concept and practice of barefoot and minimalist running into the mainstream running several years ago. 

Promises of improved performance and injury prevention accompanied the “going natural”  barefoot and minimalist running brigade, their disciples and marketing gurus. The running shoe debate has been the most controversial and hot topic in this industry for 5 years straight, spawning  a host of ‘barefoot’ type running shoes and related books and videos. Vocal opposition has protested that this as a passing fad and an injury-epidemic waiting to happen.

It is with great excitement that UCT’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Unit in conjunction with the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), invites you to attend an extremely informative and engaging workshop on Monday 8 December 2014 at the SSISA Conference centre, Boundary Road, Newlands, Cape Town at 17h45. We hope to help runners decide whether they should trust or trash their running shoes.

Researchers and SSISA-based sports scientists - Nicholas Tam and Dr Ross Tucker, will unravel some of the mysteries related to this heated topic based on their freshly baked scientific research. They will divulge their most recent research findings on whether barefoot running is a skill that people can acquire and will also discuss the origins of the barefoot running belief; how Harvard University research may have led the world astray; what barefoot running and Paleo diets have in common; how fatigue and skill affect running risk as well as give some practical tips on how to stay injury-free in the running shoes that work best for you.

Nicholas Tam is a PhD student at UCT and his thesis investigates barefoot running. Dr Tucker is a world-renowned sports scientist known for his outstanding ability to analyse and communicate scientific research in a highly accessible way to the general public - so expect it to be an electric evening! The cost of the workshop on Monday 8 December 17h45 is R65 with a cash bar available at registration.   With this being such a controversial topic – please secure your place by booking through this link.

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 Issued by:                  Kathleen Mc Quaide
Strategic, Marketing and Relationship Manager,
Sports Science Institute of South Africa
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