OSU Cascades Science Pub
OSU Cascades brings you the always interesting Science Pub sessions. The May 15th session is “Biomechanics of Running Shoes: Is there an Ideal Shoe?” Running shoes prevent injury and improve performance. They date as far back as the late 1800s, and the first cushioned running shoe was introduced in 1964. Since then running footwear has evolved. Recent trends include a dramatically different shoe style – the minimal and maximal running shoe. Maximal running shoes provide runners with a highly cushioned midsole. Minimal running shoes provide little cushioning, if any. Kinesiology professor Christine Pollard, a biomechanist and physical therapist, is the director of the FORCE Laboratory. She’ll share what is known about the influence of various type of running shoes on our legs, knees and ankles – including the latest research. By the conclusion of her talk, you may have a better idea of things to consider when choosing your “ideal” running shoe. Doors open at 5:30, talk begins at 6:30.