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What did I do?
I investigated habitual barefoot locomotion on foot morphology and running biomechanics in children and adolescents. After conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis to summarise the current evidence, we determined the reliability of our foot metrical assessments in a paediatric cohort. This was followed by a cross-sectional study investigating habitually barefoot and habitually shod children and adolescents in South Africa and Germany.
Why did I do it?
Barefoot locomotion has gained a large popular and scientific interest. Proposed benefits include injury prevention, enhanced proprioception, foot muscle strength and running economy, as well as superior running biomechanics.1 The few reports of long-term barefoot locomotion investigated mainly adult populations.
How did I do it?
The first study used a systematic review approach with meta-analysis to synthesise studies comparing habitual barefoot and habitual shod populations and their reported consequences on foot morphology and biomechanics, as well as motor performance and …
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