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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To All Runners: Barefoot Running Survey---Please Respond!! Research is Needed

From Dr Blake: Barefoot or Minimalistic Running Shoes are a hot topic. Please take time to help these 2 great podiatrists do research which may help to prevent many injuries. 

February 21, 2012

RE: Barefoot & Minimalist Running Survey

To Members of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine:

I would like to request your assistance in a research project on barefoot and minimalist running. The linked document below is the preamble to a survey we have constructed that attempts to ascertain the scope of barefoot and minimalist running both in practice and runners' attitudes.
David Cauthon and I wrote one of the most comprehensive reviews of barefoot running to date that was published last year in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The survey we created is a follow-up to that publication.
We ask your help in distributing our survey link as widely as possible to reach as many runners as we can. The survey population need not be barefoot or minimalist runners as one of the parameters we are investigating is the scope of these practices so ALL runners are encouraged to take the survey. If you work with any running shoe stores, clubs or teams please pass on to them. If your practice has a web site, please post there. Practice newsletters or practice email updates could be other venues.

The preamble to the survey is at:

The link to the survey is:

We greatly appreciate your assistance in furthering research that has the ultimate goal of answering so many questions we have about barefoot and minimalist running.
Please distribute this link as you see fit and if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the e-mail below. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Most sincerely,
David W. Jenkins
David W. Jenkins, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., F.A.A.P.S.M.
Professor, Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine /Midwestern University
Board Member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
Clinical Director of Special Olympics Arizona Fit Feet Program

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