BIOMECHANICAL LOADING OF THE LOWER EXTREMITIES DURING NORDIC WALKING – A FIELD STUDY
Keywords: pole walking, nordic walking, vertical forces, biomechanical loading, field study
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to analyse under field conditions the loading of the lower extremities during nordic walking compared to walking. For that purpose 14 experienced, middle aged nordic walkers and 6 nordic walking instructors have been asked to walk a 1575m field track in randomised sequence, once with and once without poles. The mean vertical ground reaction forces are not different between nordic walking and walking. The present results are showing that the common opinion of a load reduction of the lower extremities by 30-50 % during Nordic Walking has to be rejected.
Coaching and Sports Activities
Authors can retain copyright, while granting the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) the right of first publication.