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Barefoot and Minimalist Runners Wanted! – Spaulding National Running Center in Boston is Looking for Running Research Subjects

SeeYa FormA few weeks ago I traveled down to Boston to visit the Spaulding National Running Center. The center is headed by Dr. Irene Davis, who is one of the world’s leading experts on running form and injuries, and in addition to working with injured runners in a clinical capacity, they also carry out research studies. While I was there they mentioned that they are looking for barefoot and minimalist runners to participate in their research studies.

I offered to lend a hand and spread the word here on the blog, here are the specifics:

What is involved:
-Come for 1 session at the Spaulding National Running Center (1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 02138), approximately 2-hours
-Complete multiple walk and run trials over ground and on a treadmill
-The computer system tracks your movement in 3D and the forces you produce

What you Get:
– A free running shirt
– A video of your footstrike pattern with ground reaction forces

You are eligible if:
– You are 18-60 years
– You run at lest 10 miles per week (for the past 3 months, or more)
– You haven’t had any running injuries in the past 6 months.
-You run at least half of your weekly miles in true minimal (no cushion) shoes or barefoot

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in possibly participating, please fill out the form below. I will pass the information along to the folks at Spaulding so they can follow up as they add subjects to their studies.

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  1. Nick Eaton says:

    I would love to do this, but I’ve transitioned away from VFFs for marathon training. Think New Balance MR00s count?

  2. same, i’d love to do this, but i’m in california….and this is in boston so…too far away lol

    unless i could do it out here lol but i doubt it

  3. I dont see the form. I see a spot that says “loading” – can you please send me the link / form ?

  4. Where is the form? I can’t see it. I’m Using Firefox 26.

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