Here are some of our favorite areas of research that guided our conclusion that a mid-cushion neutral running shoe is often a suitable choice for a wide variety of runners.
Disclaimer: This research is NOT intended to be treated as a mere selling point of our shoes or a claim that they are "better" or less "injury prone" than the other brands/models in the market. This is NOT a metadata study either. This is our attempt at educating ourselves, and we feel it is important to share what we have learned along the way. These studies are a motivator for Atreyu to feel confident in what we offer: awareness of objective knowledge that running is a high impact sport that requires full dedication including recovery practices, and a proper routine.
There is no definitive data that suggests excessive cushion or stabilizers will help prevent running-related injuries. On the contrary, many studies, including recent studies by the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports and the American Journal of Sports Medicine conclude that stack height, eversion mechanics, and maximalist designs may very well correlate to running-related injuries.
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Here's another area of fun research: Arch Support:
In this conclusion, "selecting running shoes based on arch height had little influence on injury risk in military basic training." This was an analysis compiled from 3 different studies in three different branches of the military: US Army (2168 men, 951 women), Marine Corps (840 men, 571 women), and the Air Force (1955 men, 718 women).
We will continue to include more studies in an ongoing effort to promote the health and prosperity of the sport and contribute to a long-standing dialogue concerning running-related injuries.
Finally, we believe it is important to illuminate areas where we can proceed with caution. Our shoes have a "STRIKE HERE" logo on the midsole. We believe that a mid-foot strike pattern leads to an effective running stride, but it is important that we refrain from making immediate changes to our gait pattern. We should not implement dramatic changes in our routine. Sudden change is a sure way to cause strain or stress. Massive shifts in style could result in a tear or load to the extremity that could become problematic, and therefore experimenting with our promotion of a mid-foot strike should be a gradual shift. Take a look at the following study to understand the importance that one style is neither right nor wrong, yet it is the shift that needs to be handled with care.
With any change, we recommend starting at 10% use/style, then proceeding on a weekly basis continuing to taper on a new methodology.
Knowledge is power!