Bend running on an indoor track is influenced by differing structural constraints including banking and radii of the curve. Regardless of these constraints, an athlete must preserve whole-body postural control to maintain their running speed. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which banking (banked v flat) and radii (lane 2 v lane 4) of a 200m indoor track influences whole centre of mass (CoM) during sprint running. When running in both lane 2 and lane 4, athletes’ CoM was closer to their inside foot when the track was banked compared to flat (p < 0.05, 0-100% of stance). In conjunction with increased CoM anterior velocity identified for the banked condition (p < 0.05, 0-100% of stance), the findings highlighted banking of the curve to be the preferable structural constraints for whole-body postural control, compared to a flat track.
Wyatt, Hannah E.; Weir, Gillian; White, Jonathan; von Lieres und Wilkau, Hans; Irwin, Gareth; Exell, Timothy; Wilson, Cassie; and Hamill, Joseph
"WHOLE BODY DYNAMIC POSTURAL CONTROL DURING BEND RUNNING,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 39:
1, Article 35.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol39/iss1/35