28 Apr '17, 1pm

What Makes a Running Stride Efficient?

That’s what a new study at Loughborough University, in Britain, set out to test (abstract here , press release here ). They put 97 runners with 10K season-best times ranging from 29:32 to 56:49 through a series of treadmill tests while using 3-D motion capture to analyze 24 different variables related to the motion of various body parts. Then they analyzed the results from a range of speeds between 8:00 and 9:36 per mile (which all the runners in the study could sustain comfortably during testing) to look for patterns. The first thing that pops out in the results is the high level of variability: For most of the biomechanical parameters, there was a huge range in how people ran. Some runners had twice as much vertical oscillation (how much up-and-down bounce there is in your stride, basically) as others; some had almost three times more “braking” when their foot hit the gr...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/what-makes-a-ru...

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