BIOMECHANICS OF RUNNING WITH FOREFOOT-SPRING FOOTWEAR

  • Jin-Huat Low
  • Charlton Yong-Jie Foo
  • Chen-Hua Yeow
Keywords: running, forefoot-spring, energy dissipation

Abstract

Forefoot strikers have significantly lower rates of repetitive stress injury than rearfoot strikers. The purpose of this study was to design a forefoot-spring footwear to induce habitual rearfoot runners to adopt a forefoot strike pattern and to investigate the effect of this forefoot-spring footwear on lower extremity joints biomechanics during running. Our findings indicated that different lower limb energy absorption strategies were adopted for running with the forefoot-spring footwear, as compared to control footwear. A shift from hip-dominant to ankle-dominant energy absorption strategy may reduce the loading to the hip and knee joints and could be beneficial towards the prevention of running related injuries particularly at the knee joint.
Published
2014-10-03
Section
Equipment / Instrumentation