Weightlifting Shoes Beneficial for Athletes With Forward Trunk Lean
There is much debate in the CrossFit community regarding the necessity of weightlifting shoes. Many athletes swear by them and would not dare to think of wearing athletic shoes for weightlifting. There is also a fringe group of individuals that firmly believe wearing any style of "flat" athletic shoes are enough support for lifts. New research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, further examines this much debated issue, and looks at the biomechanics of using weightlifting shoes on the barbell back squat.
- Weightlifting shoes reduced the overall trunk lean. Researchers assert that reducing the trunk lean reduced the amount of stress in the lower back as well.
- Back squats with weightlifting shoes increased the foot segment angle. Researchers point out this may contribute to greater muscle recruitment in the knee extensors.