Footwear & footstrike study

We are currently recruiting 18 – 60 year-old healthy runners.

The purpose of the research study is to investigate the running mechanics of healthy adults. The data will also be used to create a center-specific running database to be used as reference for future studies exploring the effects of factors such as age, gender, footwear, and speed.

The research study involves 1 session that lasts about 2 hours. Participants will undergo biomechanical assessment for walking and running, both overground and on an instrumented treadmill. The assessment will be completed with participants in bare feet or wearing a standard shoe provided to them by the researchers (either a minimal shoe or a cushioned shoe). Visits take place in the Spaulding National Running Center, Cambridge, MA.

Upon completion of the research study, participants will receive a tech t-shirt and a synchronized force video of themselves running.

Individuals are eligible if for the past 3 months ran at least 10 miles per week and have not had injuries that prevented them from running.

For more information about this research study, or to enroll in the screening process, please contact Matthew Ruder via email at or by phone at 617-758-5516.

To determine your eligibility for the study, please complete this short survey: