ANKLE MUSCLE STRENGTH AND ACHILLES TENDON PROPERTIES IN RUNNERS WITH DIFFERENT SPEED DEPENDENT STRIKE PATTERNS

  • Tobias Wunsch
  • Hans-Peter Wiesinger
  • Josef Kröll
  • Erich Müller
  • Hermann Schwameder
Keywords: Running, strike pattern, muscle, tendon

Abstract

The 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.
Published
2016-05-05