Barefoot Power & Children’s Shoes: 7 Crucial Guidelines for Parents

T.J. MURPHY

About a year and a half ago I was on assignment for Runner’s World and I spent time working at a running shoe store in Silicon Valley. One of the things that struck me was how often parents brought in their kids, sometimes as young as five years old, and told me, “My son (or daughter) has flat feet. We need a support shoe to fit his orthotic.”

An underlying message that Kelly Starrett and Brian MacKenzie make in their coaching work is this: Your first job as an athlete, or simply as a human being, is to make choices that don’t undermine the physical capacities you were born with and are meant to express. For example, don’t screw up your hip function by sitting a lot. You can mess up a natural gift simply by not using that strength or capacity in your daily life and your training training, or by failing to guard…

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