30 Jun '16, 1pm

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That question lurks in the background of a poster presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Boston by Chris Napier , a physiotherapist, biomechanics researcher, and runner at the University of British Columbia. As part of an ongoing study, Napier analyzed the running strides of 18 women runners on a force-sensing treadmill. The goal was to look for patterns in the relationship between degree of overstriding and how heavily the runners’ feet struck the ground, using various force measures including the “average vertical loading rate,” which has been linked to the risk of certain running injuries such as stress fractures. So how did Napier define overstriding? He tried five different definitions, which are illustrated in the figure below, all of which look at various angles and distances to assess how far in front of the body the foot is landing: (1) Th...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/what-is-overstr...

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