October 03, 2013 by Jamie Page
Letting your feet do their thing, moving skilfully and utilising the complex muscular-skeletal and nervous systems ; that’s great, but it’s just one part of the puzzle. Yes, healthy feet and footwear are important for functional movement and essential for healthy locomotion but there’s more … the growing understanding of why humans are the way they are based on our evolutionary heritage is providing key insights on how to prevent many kinds of illnesses and injuries. Spearheading the research is Harvard’s ‘barefoot professor’ Dan Lieberman who’s book is out (3rd Oct 2013): The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health,... Read More
February 22, 2011 by Jamie Page
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Professor Daniel Lieberman Interview from vivobarefoot on Vimeo.
Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Daniel Lieberman talks to VIVOBAREFOOT about, amongst other things, running barefoot.
If you haven't done so already read Dan Lieberman's barefoot study, published in Nature: "Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners"
Dr. Lieberman and his colleagues spent years looking at the evolution of man. In particular at his capacity to run and potential history as ‘persistence’ or endurance hunters, capable of running animals to exhaustion as they hunted their prey.
The central ideas is that "as ancient man left the trees and the jungle, he adapted and became more of a runner than a climber. Many adaptations and changes took place, including, but not limited, to changes in the lower leg and foot." Michael Sandler
from Runbare.com summarises "In his latest study, Dr. Lierberman and his colleagues looked at the difference between barefoot runners and shod runners to understand the differences in form, efficiency, impact, and to try and better understand how we evolved into the bipedal runners we are today."