Runners are increasingly ditching their shoes for the trendy and controversial practice of barefoot running. But will it make them faster? That's what UNH exercise science professor Tim Quinn, assisted by graduate student Corie Mae Callaluca and undergraduate Neil Baroody, is trying to learn. The researchers are putting competitive runners, shod and barefoot, through their paces to determine whether shedding shoes improves running economy, the amount of energy used at a given pace, and, ultimately, performance.
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