In this episode we talk with Michael Nitschke (“Nitta”) about the holy grail – running shoes that *might* reduce injury rates. In the week that Nike release the Infinity React we discuss the marketing behind the shoe, the study behind the marketing and take a deeper dive into the world of running shoes and their relationship/influence on injuries. How should (can?) we prescribe shoes to reduce injury? Is it all just about comfort? Will we ever actually know what we are doing…?
About Michael Nitschke:
Michael is a certified Sports Podiatrist (APodA) and a Partner at the sports and arthritis clinic in Adelaide. He spends his spare time as an athletics coach and distance runner, while a part time researcher looking into the training characteristics of runners at the University of Adelaide.
In this episode we had great fun with Alex Hutchinson talking about the running shoe/s which appears to have moved the needle more than any other shoe in history; the Nike Vaporfly/Next%/Alphafly. Do they come good on their marketing promise of improving runners by 4% (and what does that actually mean)? Where does the line between innovation and ‘shoe doping’ get drawn? Are they only for elite runners? All this and more.
About Alex Hutchinson:
Alex is an author and journalist in based Toronto. His primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside (where he is a contributing editor and write the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where he writes the Jockology column), and Canadian Running magazine. Alex also covers technology for Popular Mechanics (where he earned a National Magazine Award for my energy reporting) and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.
His latest book, published in February 2018, is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.
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