THE ROLE OF WALKING AND RUNNING VELOCITY ON OSTEOGENIC POTENTIAL

  • William P. Ebben
  • Steve M. Neahous
  • Karisa D. Laskowski
Keywords: sprinting, bone, kinetic, osteogenesis

Abstract

This study assessed the ground reaction forces (GRF) associated with walking and running at a variety of speeds and compared these kinetic values to the landing after a maximum counter-movement jump in order to understand the osteogenic potential for these activities. Twenty-four women walked and ran over a force platform at slow, medium, and fast walking and running speeds, which were assessed using Doppler radar. Landing vertical peak GRF and rate of force development (RFD) were analyzed for all movements using a force platform. In almost all cases, higher walking or running speeds resulted in statistically significant increases in GRF and RFD. Based on the findings of this study, moderate to fast sprints should be prescribed in the training programs for those who seek to maximize their bone health.
Published
2014-10-02