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    Jul 08, 2013

    New runners need not fret over choice of shoes

    NEW runners need not worry about whether they should buy stabilising sneakers that help correct pronation, or how much their feet roll inwards after striking the ground.

    While stabilising shoes are designed to help prevent injuries, new runners only need to opt for basic neutral shoes, according to a new study.

    Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark recruited 927 new runners and classified their feet as highly supinated, supinated, neutral, pronated or highly pronated.

    Even though all the runners wore the same neutral running shoes, the adidas Supernova Glide 3, injury rates among the group over the course of one year were similar.

    For the study, injury was defined as "any musculoskeletal complaint of the lower extremity or back caused by running, which restricted the amount of running for at least one week".

    During the study, 252 runners suffered an injury.

    The findings were reported in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine.

    "I think we would get a different result" with long-time runners, research leader Rasmus Nielsen told Runners World.

    "Since experienced runners have familiarised themselves (with) a specific type of shoe, it would be potentially injurious to transfer from a different shoe type than the neutral to neutral shoes."

    Dr Nielsen added: "Since most pronators (don't use) neutral shoes, and the ones with neutral foot posture use neutral shoes, I would expect the experienced pronators to sustain more injuries than the experienced neutrals if they had to run in neutral shoes."

    He said that a prior study found no difference in injury rate among 81 women who were randomly assigned - regardless of foot type - to use neutral, stability or motion-control running shoes.