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Due to the limited learning time allotted in most foot strike pattern modification studies, the reliability of pattern alterations may be jeopardized. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the reliability and validity of requested acute alteration of foot strike patterns performed by participants in a laboratory environment. Participants employed a high degree of consistency within foot strike pattern conditions and across the steps within a condition (average within subjects 95% confidence interval = 0.5° - 4°). On a group level, participants accurately performed all foot strike conditions with the exception of the midfoot strike pattern. Thus, even with the alteration of foot strike pattern, a generally reliable and valid foot strike angle performance is evidenced.