*WINNER* The Difference in Step Frequency in Shod vs. Unshod Running

  • Johnny Perkins
  • Brianna Peach


The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a significant difference in step frequency between shod and unshod running. Unshod running has been shown to lead to a lower risk of injury and observing the physiological differences may help trainers, coaches, and athletes to decide the best state in which to train. Participants in the study were asked to run the length of a basketball court in both the shod and unshod conditions. Video was taken during these runs and later analyzed to count step frequency and determine a statistical difference between the two states. This study helps to show the kinematic changes in running gait that occur in the unshod condition and their effects on injury rate among athletes.

Education-Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness