26 Sep '12, 5pm

Study: More Than 90% Of Marathoners Heel Strike

Study: More Than 90% Of Marathoners Heel Strike

By Scott Douglas Of almost 2,000 runners observed at the 2011 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, 93.7 percent were heel strikers, with faster runners less likely to be so, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance . Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin set up shop at 5-mile mark of the race. Of the 1,991 runners whose foot-strike pattern the researchers were able to characterize, 93.7 percent were heel strikers. The researchers found no difference in whether runners from one gender were more likely to heel strike than the other. They did find, however, that heel striking was less common closer to the front of the pack. These findings are consistent with what college biology professor Peter Larson, co-author of Tread Lightly , found when he videotaped runners at the 2009 Manchester City Marathon . At that race, ...

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