Does shoe cushioning really play a role in injury prevention? To address this question, the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory launched a major randomized trial in September 2017, monitoring 800+ leisure-time runners for six months. 

Aim of this study

The main aim of this study is to investigate the influence of shoe cushioning and body mass on injury risk, while exploring simultaneously the association between running technique and the risk of running-related injury.


Repetitive loading of the musculoskeletal system is suggested to be involved in the underlying mechanism of the majority of running-related injuries. Accordingly, heavier runners are assumed to be at a higher risk of running-related injury. The cushioning system of modern running shoes is expected to protect runners again high impact forces, and therefore, running-related injury. However, the role of shoe cushioning in injury prevention remains unclear. 

Related publications

• Malisoux L, Delattre N, Meyer C, Gette P, Urhausen A, Theisen D. Effect of shoe cushioning on landing impact forces and spatiotemporal parameters during running: results from a randomized trial including 800+ recreational runners. European journal of sport science. 2020:1-9.
• Malisoux, L., N. Delattre, A. Urhausen & D. Theisen (2019) Shoe cushioning influences running injury risk according to body mass category: A Randomized Controlled Trial Involving 848 Recreational Runners. Am J Sports Med, 363546519892578.
• Malisoux, L., N. Delattre, A. Urhausen & D. Theisen (2017) Shoe cushioning, body mass and running biomecha

"Our study is the first worldwide to investigate both running technique and injury risk
in such a large cohort and over such a long period of time."
says Laurent Malisoux, PhD, Group Leader of PASH research group.

Partners or Funding

Decathlon Sports Lab, Movement Sciences Department, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

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