Compared with soldiers in the U.S. Army who wore stability, cushioning, or motional-control shoes, soldiers who wore minimalist running shoes were younger and had higher physical performance scores. However, investigators found no significant differences between the groups regarding risk for injury after controlling for other variables.
Researchers evaluated 1,332 male soldiers in the U.S. Army brigade. Investigators collected data on participants’ personal characteristics and collected their Army Physical Fitness Test scores. No difference was seen between soldiers who wore MRS and those who wore stability, cushioning, or motion-control shoes with regard to injury risk after investigators controlled for other factors.