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The purpose of this study was to identify the within-day repeatability of coordination variability calculated using a velocity ellipse area method. Twenty participants attended two data collection sessions within 6 hours. At each session, a marker based motion capture system measured kinematics whilst participants ran at 12 km/h on a treadmill. The minimum detectable change in coordination variability was calculated for four commonly researched joint/segment couplings. Of the couplings investigated, thigh flexion/extension – shank flexion/extension and hip flexion/extension – knee flexion/extension were most repeatable. But in the most repeatable coupling, an average change of 75% across the gait cycle would be required between sessions to detect a meaningful change. This indicated poor repeatability and possible causes are discussed.