As I mentioned in a previous post here, my friend, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, from the Natural Running Center, just interviewed Drs. Kevin and Heather Vincent, from the University of Florida. Kevin and Heather, who are gait and exercise researchers, wrote together the American College of Sports Medicine’s recently published brochure on Selecting Running Shoes. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read it.
Kevin, an M.D., Ph.D., did his residency with me at the University of Virginia when I was professor and chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. His wife, Heather, a Ph.D.in Exercise Physiology, worked in our department while Kevin completed his residency. As Mark explains in his interview, they met way back in graduate school and have been working together for over 20 years as research partners. Being experts in both exercise physiology and biomechanics (they co-run a human performance laboratory at the University of Florida), they are interested in the health of the whole body.
Mark’s full interview, which I also encourage you to read is here on the Natural Running Center website.
In his interview, Mark highlights again the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations for a running shoe: