Growing Up Shod The traits of good form blossom (or wilt) early By Jonathan Beverly As featured in the April 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine
Here is an excerpt from the article:
The thousands of East African youth running miles to school barefoot argue also against the idea that shoes are necessary to prevent injury, and the resulting stride they develop speaks for itself in terms of running results. Watch very young American kids and you'll note that most of them also naturally demonstrate a "Kenyan" stride, up to a certain age. Nicholas Romanov, Ph.D., professor of physical education and sport known for his "Pose Method" of running, analyzed several thousand school children in Russia during the 1980s. Based on these observations, he told us, "Kids, with some exception, have a natural ability to run properly, meaning to fall forward, keep high cadence and the feet under the [general center of mass], their body weight on the forefoot, until age 5-6 years old."