JF Esculier: Should All Runners Be Wearing Minimalist Footwear?

by | May 20, 2019 | Podcast Episodes

“All novice runners should consider minimalist shoes” – says JF Esculier, Vice President & Director of Research & Development at The Running Clinic Vancouver, and our special guest for this episode!

In 2009, ‘Born To Run’ by Christopher MacDougall sparked an explosion in barefoot running, fuelled in no small part by the research of Professor Daniel Lieberman producing anatomical evidence that humans are the world’s best distance runners, meaning the wearing of shoes is therefore abnormal.

In the ten years that pursued, many runners discovered the hard way that progressing too quickly into barefoot running or minimalist shoes can bring rapid injury, especially to the achilles and calf complex, but there are still many who believe that novice runners in particular should not be afraid to try minimalist shoes instead of immediately opting for the traditional heavily cushioned and structured shoe.

Jean-Francois (JF) Esculier graduated as a physiotherapist in 2009 and has been combining clinical and research work ever since. As Vice President & Director of Research & Development at The Running Clinic Vancouver, a company founded by Blaise Dubois (former consultant for Athletics Canada), JF certainly presents a thorough argument in this episode, which is hardly surprising as the Running Clinic is today a leading international source of information in the prevention of running injury.

Jean-Francois Esculier was a speaker at ‘RCL International Running Conference 2019’ in Brighton UK, and his presentation can be accessed HERE.   

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