There is a significant controversy going on at this time in the running area associated with a probable unfounded edge from performance improving athletic shoes. They are running shoes that provide returning of energy right after the foot has contacted the road. These kinds of shoes are probably illegal and performance enhancing, however they have not been forbidden yet. Almost all top level athletes are actually running in them for marathons and quite a few nonelite runners can also be running in them to get an alleged performance increase. They have become so widespread, it may not be simple for the authorities to control there use, whether or not they wanted to. A recent show of the podiatry livestream ended up being about this problem, particularly the disputes around the Nike Vaporfly as well as Next% running shoes.
On this edition of PodChatLive, Craig and Ian talked with Alex Hutchinson speaking about these athletic shoes which may have transferred the needle greater than any other footwear in history of running, the Nike Vaporfly as well as Next%. Alex, Craig and Ian reviewed if the shoes come good on their advertising guarantee of improving upon runners by 4% and just what can that basically really mean? Craig, Ian and Alex talked about where does the line between innovation and ‘shoe doping’ get drawn and when the shoes could they be mainly for high level runners. Alex Hutchinson is an author and also a journalist based in Ontario, in Canada. His main focus currently is the science of running as well as physical fitness, that he covers for Outside magazine, The Globe and Mail, and also the Canadian Running magazine. Alex additionally reports technological innovation for Popular Mechanics (where he attained a National Magazine Award for his energy reporting) and also adventure tourism for the New York Times, and has been a Runner’s World reporter from 2012 to 2017. His latest book is an investigation of the science of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.