Dr Irene Davis on Barefoot Running

Dear all,

Just to bring to your attention that Dr Irene Davis, an American physiotherapist (Physical Therapist) who is now the Head of the Spaulding National Running Centre at the Harvard Medical School in the USA was recently in Melbourne for a conference and she was strongly encouraging barefoot running. She was also interviewed on ABC radio (702) last week by Robbie Buck. ABC online have a Podcast of a different interview that Ms Davis did which is freely available.
Highly recommend listening! Check it out here

By Sam

BM in Sport and Exercise and BA in International studies (German Major) completed at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

Interests: I am an exercise enthusiast full stop! I play or have played football, tennis, basketball and dabbled in waterpolo and underwater rugby! Recent sporting interests are cycling and barefoot running! I also love watching all codes of football/rugby.

Physiotherapy: Due to my interests in sport and health I am fascinated in human movement and physiology. In addition to musculoskelatal physiotherapy I’m also interested in neurological (stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury rehab), and cardiopulmonary (heart and lung function and rehabilitation) physiotherapy:


  1. Michael Holdsworth - May 14, 2011, 6:05 am Reply

    I have been training barefoot and running barefoot or as close to for about two years now since I had knee surgery. I have definitely seen some positive developments. I live in the Rockies and the ground is quite, for the lack of a better word – “Pointy”. I have been experimenting with different no support shoes and the best I have come across so far are the Stholquist Caveman shoe for portaging. Its kind of like a sock with a thin rubber flat sole, which offers no support and allows your foot to move. I wore them in minus 30c with neoprene socks. I could feel every bump and divot with out the cold or stabbing of the rocks.
    All the best.

  2. Sam - July 12, 2011, 6:50 pm Reply

    Mike thanks for your comments. Looks like a tough boot! No doubt suited to the more extreme trails. I know plenty of our readers would appreciate the heads up as we have had a number of people asking for cold weather alternatives!

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