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Open Access J Sports Med. 2014 Dec 8;5:267-71. doi: 10.2147/OAJSM.S72509. eCollection 2014.

Post-marathon wearing of Masai Barefoot Technology shoes facilitates recovery from race-induced fatigue: an evaluation utilizing a visual analog scale.

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Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the potential benefit of post-race wearing of unstable shoes (Masai Barefoot Technology [MBT]) on recovery from marathon race-induced fatigue.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Forty-five runners who participated in a full marathon race were divided into three groups: 1) MBT shoes, 2) trail running shoes, and 3) control (CON). Participants ran a full marathon with their own running shoes, and then put on the assigned shoes immediately after the race. They continued to wear the assigned shoes for the ensuing 3 days. The CON group wore their usual shoes. Estimates of post-race fatigue were made by the participants on questionnaires that utilized a visual analog scale. Estimates were made just after the race, as well as for the next 3 days.

RESULTS:

The subjective fatigue of the MBT group was lower than that of the CON (P<0.05) or trail running shoe groups (P<0.05) on day 3.

CONCLUSION:

MBT shoe intervention can promote recovery from the fatigue induced by running a full marathon.

KEYWORDS:

VAS; footwear; full marathon

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