VIVOBAREFOOT, hang your head in shame

by admin on January 28, 2012

A recent study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise compared the injury rates between forefoot strikers and rearfoot strikers showed that there was a higher injury rate in the rearfoot striking group. Here is how Vivobarefoot and several other blind barefoot runners interpreted this study:

Memo to Vivobarefoot:

  1. What makes this an official study? It is no more “official” that any other study ever published!
  2. The study was retrospective. You need to look up the difference between retrospective and prospective study designs. Retrospective studies actually prove nothing!
  3. It was done on almost elite level college runners. You cannot generalize the results of that to non-elite runners!
  4. It was not even on barefoot running! They were all wearing shoes!
  5. I assume you are not aware of all the issues that have been raised in a number of places now re the way the statistical analysis was done that raises some questions about the results.

Hang your head in shame for the way you have interpreted this study. The barefoot community should be embarrassed by this intellectual dishonesty if it want to be taken seriously


Oh, the absurdity of it

by admin on May 4, 2011

How often have you seen claims that barefoot activity improves the immune system? I have seen some recent claims from barefooters that there is increasing amounts of evidence that going barefoot has immune system benefits.

I am going to type this next bit really slow:

There is not one piece of evidence that even comes remotely close to showing that there are any benefits of going barefoot for the immune system.

Could those making the claims, please direct me to the research that you think is showing this. If you are going to make such claims, then the burden of proof is on you to back them up.

I wish someone could explain to me the motivation to lie about this. Why do they make up this stuff for? No one has yet offered up an explanation for this lie from two barefoot running websites. Why do they do it for?


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