Running patterns and style

Clinicians and strength and conditioning coaches frequently work alongside each other. However athletes often leave the care of one and transfer to the other. This article suggests that both professionals are working towards the same goal – efficiency of movement. Read it through and see how if it changes your perspective of the current boundaries between professionals, and if we are working towards the same goal – optimal movement.

Stride smoothness evaluation of runners and other athletes

Alan, Hreljac 2000

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare an objective measurement of smoothness between a group of runners and a group of non-runners during running and fast walking. Smoothness was quantified by evaluating the endpoint jerk-cost (JC) at the heel. Subjects walked at a speed of 1.75 m·s−1 and ran at a speed of 3.35 m·s−1 on a motor driven treadmill while 2-D kinematic data (60 Hz) were collected from a sagittal plane view. The runners were found to be smoother than the non-runners during both gait conditions, suggesting that this group was inherently smoother in gait related tasks. This study demonstrated that the smoothness of gait can be quantified objectively by evaluating the end-point JC at the heel, and that competitive runners tend to exhibit smoother strides than recreational runners during both running and fast walking.

This article develops the idea that clinicians aim to generate optimal movement in their patients. This is the same goal as coaches. It creates the opportunity for greater collaborative working between professionals.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0966-6362(00)00045-X