THE EFFECT OF ROAD CAMBER ON RUNNING KINEMATICS

  • D. Sussman
  • M. Walker
  • M. Tamburello
  • B. VanLunen
  • E. Dowling
  • R. Atkinson
  • E. Koss
  • M. Mulholland
  • K. VanSchoyck
Keywords: camber, lower extremity, kinematics, running

Abstract

Camber, or the crown of roads used for drainage purposes, has been implicated as a cause of overuse injuries, including iliotibial band syndrome, in runners. The purpose of this investigation was to study the effects of varying degrees of simulated road camber and different running velocities on lower extremity kinematics. Using three-dimensional motion analysis, bilateral hip, knee, and ankle angles of 5 injury-free recreational runners were investigated. Subjects were videotaped while running on level and variable cambered surfaces at 6.0 and 7.0 mph. Post-hoc analysis found significant differences between right and left limbs between the right knee at toe off condition 1, 7.0 mph compared to right knee at toe off condition 2, 7.0 mph (p<.004). Even with this small sample size, it appears that further investigation is required with larger sample sizes.
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Coaching and Sports Activities