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  • Racing flats ? track spikes ? benefits in running

    A discussion with a running friend of mine has led me to look for some
    research into the influence of racing flats and and running spikes into
    performance! He maintains that no way would a runner recieve the same
    traction from a
    modern set of racing flats as from racing spikes at the pace associated
    with 800m and 1500m
    track events?

    Therefore, I wonder is there a demonstrable physiological benefit from
    wearing spikes.
    Measurable differences in O2 uptake or with regard to the duration
    of the event, O2 deficit. Moreover in relation to the number of events
    in the
    Olympic and World championships programme, could a strong case be placed
    on the wearing of racing flats with regard to trauma (tissue damage)and
    muscle fatigue
    as a result of wearing spikes and a limited shock absorption and lower
    heel
    platform in relation to racing flats.


    What is the general consensus of opinion?

    I have a very limited knowledge of the properties of racing flats and
    running track spikes,
    however I feel that within todays racing and training schedules a
    benefit may be gained from
    reducing the amount of training and racing in spikes, because of the
    importance of recovery
    in athletic events.

    If anyone has any thoughts or experience issue I would be most grateful
    for some input or
    guidance on this subject


    Yours sinceley


    David Brookfield
    Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology
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