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Cushioned-Heel Running Shoes May Hurt Performance Study Finds

Many of today's running shoes feature a heavy cushioned heel, but new research presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says that the shoes may alter an adolescent runner's biomechanics in a way that adversely effects performance.

Buying Shoes for Track

If your child wants to run track, selecting the right shoe is extremely important.

Replacing Athletic Shoes Recommended Even If No Signs of Excessive Wear

Because the mid-sole material of an athletic shoe takes a pounding and eventually loses its ability to provide your child's foot with adequate support or cushioning, experts, such as Dr. Michael Lowe, past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and long time team podiatrist of the NBA's Utah Jazz, recommend periodic replacement of athletic shoes, even if the bottom sole shows no sign of excessive wear.

Buying Youth Track and Field Equipment

To get started in track & field, all one needs is a decent pair of running shoes which can be purchased either at a chain store that sells athletic equipment, or a specialty running store. At track meets and practices with a youth track club, most of the kids will also have a pair of spikes, which, depending on the age level, may or may not be specifically made for that event.

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