ANKLE MUSCLE STRENGTH AND ACHILLES TENDON PROPERTIES IN RUNNERS WITH DIFFERENT SPEED DEPENDENT STRIKE PATTERNS
Keywords: Running, strike pattern, muscle, tendon
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate ankle muscle strength and Achilles tendon anthropometrics of heel-strikers who a) do not switch or b) do switch their strike pattern towards a forefoot-strike when increasing running velocity. Differences were primarily found in the capacity to develop plantarflexion strength. This indicates that the two groups differ - next to kinematic aspects - in muscular characteristics of the plantarflexors, which could be influenced by Achilles tendon properties.
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