The purpose of the study was to determine if 12-weeks of correcting underlying movement patterns (stepping, squatting, lunging) would change running mechanics in college distance runners. 10 runners underwent pre and post Functional Movement Screen (FMS) testing and motion analysis of running kinematics [bilateral peak hip adduction (HADD), hip internal rotation (HIR), contralateral pelvis drop (CPD), rearfoot eversion (REV), ankle dorsiflexion (AKD) and knee flexion (KFLEX)]. They performed corrective exercises 3x/week based on FMS results. FMS (pre 14 + 1.5 vs post 16.4 + 1.8, p=.001) and left KFLEX (pre 36.4o + 11.3o vs post 42.2o + 5.2o, p=.024) significantly changed. Right and left HADD, HIR, and CPD decreased indicating a trend toward improvement. Results show that correcting underlying movement patterns shows promise to reduce pathomechanics.
Mokha, Monique; Buluchevskaya, Yelizaveta; and Leon, Amanda
"RUNNING BIOMECHANICS IMPROVE FOLLOWING AN IN-SEASON INTERVENTION PROGRAM BASED ON PRE-TEST FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN SCORES IN COLLEGIATE DISTANCE RUNNERS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 38:
1, Article 225.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol38/iss1/225