The purpose of the study was to determine if gait pathomechanics could differentiate between top and bottom performing runners. Two top-performers and two bottom-performers from both men’s and women’s college cross-country teams underwent motion analysis while running on a treadmill in the pre-participation medical examination. Bottom-performing males had greater peak hip adduction, hip internal rotation, contralateral pelvis drop, rearfoot eversion, and initial impact (vGRF) during stance than top-performing males. Bottom-performing females had greater hip internal rotation and vGRF than top-performing females. Coaches may use these results to promote proper running mechanics, especially in younger runners to not only reduce injury risk but to improve performance.
McQuate, Ian and Mokha, Monique
"GAIT PATHOMECHANICS AS DIFFERENTIATORS OF PERFORMANCE IN COLLEGIATE DISTANCE RUNNERS: A TEAM CASE ANALYSIS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 24.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/24