A critical appraisal of "Effects of training in minimalist shoes on the intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscle volume"

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2020-01

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Dawson, Matthew

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The aim of this critical appraisal was to assess the strengths and weaknesses found regarding the "Effects of training in minimalist shoes on the intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscle volume."� As a runner myself, I was interested to find research that had been done on the subject of running using minimalist footwear. This study was done over the course of 6 months using a control group who remained in their traditional running shoes and an experimental group who transitioned into using minimalist running shoes. The study found that the control group had significant increases in both intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscle volumes at the end of the training period. These results supported the hypothesis posed by the researchers and showed a beneficial aspect that comes as a result of wearing minimalist running shoes. Because of the strengthening of the lower leg muscles that can occur, I determined that minimalist running shoes could be used as an intervention for runners to help strengthen the lower extremities and improve running form.

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