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Chicago Area Barefoot Running Message Board › Research Study Opportunity.

Research Study Opportunity. Help to increase knowledge of barefoot running and its possibly benefits!

Jordan A.
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Normal, IL
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To members of Chicago Area Barefoot Running:

Dr. Justin Stanek, Dr. Kevin Lauder, and Jordan Anderson, ATC are conducting a study through Illinois State University department of Kinesiology and Recreation for a thesis project. The study involves observing possible anatomical adaptations that occur in barefoot/minimal runners as compared to their standard shoe counterparts. The study is non-invasive and completely safe. The study involves taking three measurements at an indoor location by three experienced examiners.

Although there is no direct benefit to you, information gathered from this study will help benefit the running world as the barefoot movement has taken a hold of many runners. This study will help us to understand how barefoot running differs from standard shoe running and can lead to valuable information regarding injuries and potential risks/rewards of running barefoot or in standard shoes.

Please be aware of the following exclusion criteria that would not allow you to be a subject in our study:

· Any lower body injury in the past 3 months that has withheld you from running for at least a week.

· Any systemic diseases,

· Use of any doctor prescribed orthotic devices

· Running less than 10 miles a week barefoot or in Vibram 5-finger shoes

· Any lower body surgeries in your lifetime

If you do not fall into any of the above conditions and wish to participate in this study you will be asked to come to either the east campus of Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois from 8am-12am or to the Northwestern University athletic training room from 2:30pm-5pm. The measurements will only be taken one time on November 18, 2012 in one of the above locations. You need only to sign up for one of the measurement sites and times. Directions will be provided to you by the researchers once you sign up for a location/time. You can sign up for a time/location by contacting Jordan Anderson at You will be asked to arrive in athletic shorts and eventually to remove your shoes for measurements. There will be three stations to collect the data and we ask that you participate in all three measurements. We expect this process to be quick and with minimal waiting, however, there will inevitably be some down time. We expect the session to last approximately 20 minutes once you have begun the measurements. Once you have completed the measurements you are free to leave and you can be assured your identity will be kept private within the study if published or presented. All information will be kept behind lock and key and only accessible by the researchers involved in this study.

If you have any further questions regarding this study feel free to contact Jordan Anderson, ATC at

Thank You,

Jordan Anderson, ATC; co-investigator
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