Can parallel use of different running shoes decrease running-related injury risk?

L. Malisoux, J. Ramesh, R. Mann, R. Seil, A. Urhausen, D. Theisen*

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    The aim of this study was to determine if runners who use concomitantly different pairs of running shoes are at a lower risk of running-related injury (RRI). Recreational runners (n=264) participated in this 22-week prospective follow-up and reported all information about their running session characteristics, other sport participation and injuries on a dedicated Internet platform. A RRI was defined as a physical pain or complaint located at the lower limbs or lower back region, sustained during or as a result of running practice and impeding planned running activity for at least 1 day. One-third of the participants (n=87) experienced at least one RRI during the observation period. The adjusted Cox regression analysis revealed that the parallel use of more than one pair of running shoes was a protective factor [hazard ratio (HR)=0.614; 95% confidence interval (CI)=0.389-0.969], while previous injury was a risk factor (HR=1.722; 95%CI=1.114-2.661). Additionally, increased mean session distance (km; HR=0.795; 95%CI=0.725-0.872) and increased weekly volume of other sports (h/week; HR=0.848; 95%CI=0.732-0.982) were associated with lower RRI risk. Multiple shoe use and participation in other sports are strategies potentially leading to a variation of the load applied to the musculoskeletal system. They could be advised to recreational runners to prevent RRI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)110-115
    Number of pages6
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


    • Cohort study
    • Injury incidence
    • Recreational runners
    • Risk factors
    • Survival analysis


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