From a high school coaching anecdotal perspective, I have seen the incidence of shin splint complaints drop significantly over the past 5 years since we have instituted warmup, drills, and warm down as barefoot. I usually have a group of 25 kids and before barefoot ~75% of them would complain about shin splints at some point; this year with a group of 35 kids, I have only 1 complaint so far. Coincidence? Perhaps. I definitely have noticed kids in my area coming to me as better athletes.
From a personal perspective, I have been walking and jogging in my vibrams for the past 2 years and recently I have started doing short sprints in them. Can you comment on the difference between sprint spikes and vibrams (besides the obvious 1/4″ spikes)? Most sprint spikes don’t provide any padding or arch support yet we sprint in them all day long. Maybe I’m missing something.
[quote author="Carl Valle" date="1334168309"]
The Truth is simple. One needs to see a PT and DPM to get a good evaluation of the foot. I didn’t say orthotics or corrective exercise, I said evaluation. Hopefully the consultation is with someone who knows the sport, not just works with athletes.
I don’t know of anyone in my area who can offer this type of service on a high school athlete’s budget, so not very practical for me, but I totally agree with the sentiment.
I will share warnings and observations with barefoot training and minimalist shoes. Start slowly and just walk around for three months.
Best advice here. You must start slowly. You must force your kids to start slowly.[/quote]
A few things. First let me say that many HS coaches (I was a former HS coach as well) bring in specialists by boosters. One member here has paid for team trips down to Orlando from Michigan off of fund raising so it can be done. Not easy and at least pick people’s brain for guidance that is general. I know it’s tough but don’t give up!
Another aspect I see with shoes, like the magic luck socks is the power of belief and the respect one has to the foot strike on grass when one is barefoot. With a sneaker I see sloppy strikes, go barefoot and “pre firing routines”. I warm-down on grass barefoot when I can and like a low technology shoe to warm-up in. Is it the grass barefoot or the focus one is doing when they have accountability with nothing to rely on?