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Spring-Loaded Running Shoe Could Help Prevent Injuries

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a shoe that uses miniaturized pocket springs — the same kind used in mattresses — to absorb the shock of a runner's foot hitting the ground.

Developed by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the experimental shoe will be on display at this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, which opened July 2 in London.

Injury affects more than 70 percent of recreational runners in a given year, despite continual advances in the design of running shoes, said Jim Richards, the lead researcher behind this spring-loaded shoe.


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