SPORT-SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES IN HIP JOINT KINETICS DURING RUNNING GAIT IN HIGH LEVEL MALE ATHLETES

  • Damien O’Meara
  • Mark Moresi
Keywords: triathlon, track and field, sprinting, locomotion, motion analysis

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in running gait joint kinetics within high level triathletes, middle distance runners and sprinters. Fifteen high level athletes (five athletes from each discipline group) ran at their typical race pace along a 55m indoor track. Kinematic and ground reaction force data were captured and average joint angles, velocities, moments and powers calculated for the lower limb. Group average curves with 95% confidence intervals were calculated. Differences in running velocity, ground reaction forces and hip joint kinematics and kinetics were observed. It was suggested that differences reflected potential training adaptations and/or coaching strategies specific to each discipline group. Observed differences may provide valuable insight into potential areas for performance enhancement.
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Coaching and Sports Activities