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Dr. Benno Nigg: Running Shoes - 40 years of research

September 4, 2020

Regarded by many as the important contributor to running related research over the past 40 years, Dr. Benno Nigg is Founder & director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary, a multi-disciplinary Research Center concentrating on the study of the human body and its locomotion. He has received many awards and recognitions, including the Olympic Order, honorary degrees from the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck and an honorary professorship from the University of Shanghai.

In this episode of Runchatlive, he will be discussing the SCIENCE behind modern running shoes. What role have shoes truly played in the performance explosion we have witnessed since Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to break two hours for the marathon. 2019 also brought us twice as many men running under 2:10 and twice as many women under 2:27 compared to 2016. Eight of the twelve fastest men’s marathons in history have been run in the last year. How much of a factor has this new breed of shoe played? And more importantly, what is it in the shoe that could have made this possible?

With over 25,000 publications on human locomotion, in particular with relation to products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, surfaces and sport equipment, Dr. Nigg will be giving us an inside look at his latest study that appeared this August in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: 'The teeter-totter effect: A new mechanism to understand shoe-related improvements in long-distance running.'

An incredible hour, thank you once again Dr. Benno Nigg for giving us his time. 

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