Scientific Work of the Academy

The Academy serves as a central facility for all MBT related R&D and training activities. Extensive dialogue and exchanges with international experts and researchers in the fields of clinical medicine, physiotherapy and sports allow us to research and verify the effects of MBT on the human body. Optimisation of the effectiveness of MBT is therefore supported by science.

Find our studies listed below

The effect of neuromuscular training on co-ordination following anterior cruciate ligament rupture with regard to the Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT)
C. Beyerlein
Kinematic and Kinetic Gait Analysis for MBT Mwalk, MBT Dualboard and a Control Shoe
B.M. Nigg, P. Federolf, J.M.A. Melvin, K. Tecante
Masai Barefoot Technology in an operational setting. A randomised controlled effect trial to measure quality of life and well being effects due to wearing MBT-shoes in standing activities.
Prof. Dr. rer.soc.habil. Ralf Brand; Dipl. Sports science. Christian Bauer
Activity of selected muscles crossing the ankle joint complex and lower limb gait characteristics using an unstable shoe
B.M. Nigg, S.C. Landry, K.E. Tecante
Knee joint loading in walking in the MBT shoe
T. Andriacchi, K. Boyer, K. Blazek
Increased Metabolism while standing with unstable shoe construction.
Prof. Dr. H. Hoppeler, B. Gasser, A. Stäuber
Unstable vs. conventional jogging shoe construction: Differences in physiological demand at low-intense running?
S. Ring-Dimitriou, T. Stöggl, E. Hehenberger, E. Müller.
Football Project of SC Freiburg_U 23: Jumping Power – Series of Sports Motor Tests (Internal report).
Prof. Dr. A. Gollhofer
Football Project of SC Freiburg_U 1819: Treadmill Test - Endurance Performance (Internal Report)
Prof. Dr. A. Gollhofer and Dr. B. Stapelfeld (Radlabor GmbH)
The effects of Unstable Footwear in the Early Recovery Period Following Ankle Sprain
K. Matthews, M.C. Morrissey
The effect of neuromuscular training on co-ordination following anterior cruciate ligament rupture with regard to the Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT)
C. Beyerlein
Performance and Low Back Pain in Golfing with MBT
B.M. Nigg, E.M. Davis, D. Lindsay, C. Emery
Masai Barefoot Technology, a quantitative pilot study about the effect of gait in MBT-shoes for persons with Low Back Pain.
M. B. Jørgensen et al
The effect of Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) on the quality of life of
C. Stegen
Effects of selected preventive conceptions on functional health in persons with nonspecific chronic recurrent neck pain
J. Henkel, P. Bak, R. Otto, U. C. Smolenski
The MBT shoe and its biomechanical/therapeutical effects
Prof. Dr. B. Nigg
Effectiveness of a 10-week training intervention with the MBT in patients with hip disorders
Prof. Dr. T. Horstmann, I. Kraus, A. Bendig
Functional testing of the MBT shoe compared to sensorimotor training
Prof. Dr. A. Gollhofer
MBT as therapeutic shoe for ankle instabilities
Dr. B. Segesser; X. Kälin, T. Wasser, L. Weisskopf, U. Martin, H.-J. Rist
Pressure Distribution of diabetic patients after sensory-motor training with unstable shoe construction
M. Prim. Univ-Doz. T. Bochdansky , M. Mätzler, Dr. R. Aboud
Effects of Masai Barefoot Technology footwear on posture: An experimental designed study.
P.R. New, J.M. Pearce
Changes in gait characteristics of a normal healthy population due to an unstable shoe construction.
Dr. Rav Naik, T. Vernon, J. Wheat, G. Petit
The effectiveness of the Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) shoe in the reduction of pain in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. A randomized controlled trial.
Prof. Dr. B. Nigg, Dr. C. Emery, Dr. L. Hiemstra