Journal article

Change in foot strike patterns and performance in recreational runners during a road race: A cross-sectional study

Stephen P Bovalino, Neil J Cunningham, Rachel D Zordan, Samuel M Harkin, Heidi HG Thies, Cameron J Graham, Michael IC Kingsley

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: To characterise foot strike and observe change in foot strike patterns with increasing distance during a 15km recreational running road race. To assess the impact of foot strike on running performance. DESIGN: Observational cross-sectional study. METHODS: Foot strike patterns were determined at the 3km and 13km checkpoints for 459 participants during the 2017 Melbourne City to Sea recreational running event. Foot strike patterns were categorised as either rearfoot strike (RFS) or non-rearfoot strike (NRFS) at both checkpoints and analyses were conducted on intra-individual change in foot strike as well as relationship to finishing time. RESULTS: The most prevalent foot strike pat..

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