Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

First Committee Member

Julia Freedman Silvernail

Second Committee Member

Janet Dufek

Third Committee Member

Kara Radzak

Fourth Committee Member

Kai-Yu Ho

Number of Pages



Running research has attempted to better understand the causes of movement-related injuries and a large segment of this research revolves around footwear and training regimens. A survey has reported lower injury rates in runners who wore multiple shoes with in a 5-month period. Previous literature lacks the analysis of variables leading to training related decisions and whether wearing multiple pairs of shoes can have an extended influence on injury rates. PURPOSE: To determine whether wearing multiple pairs of shoes has an influence on injury rates. METHODS: A survey was developed to ask participant’s injury related history along with their footwear, running surface, and reasons why they decided to make the decisions they made. A Chi-Square goodness of fit test assuming equal distribution was used to determine whether wearing multiple pairs of shoes influenced injury rates. RESULTS: The Chi-Square goodness of fit test assuming equal distribution demonstrated similar number of runners received an injury while running in the single and multiple shoe group (Chi-Square=4.172, p=0.41). CONCLUSION: Individuals who had a more extensive injury history wore multiple pairs of shoes and only individuals who switched within the last 5 years to multiple shoes saw improvement in acute injury rates


Injury rates; Running; Footwear


Biomechanics | Kinesiology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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