TRANSITIONING FROM ROAD RUNNING TO TRAIL RUNNING

  • Matt Kilgas
  • Scott Drum
  • Randall L. Jensen
Keywords: foot-strike patterns, step length, stride frequency, terrain

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment was to discover possible biomechanical differences in running gait, foot-strike patterns, and ground reaction forces between running over uneven terrain (i.e., a trail) and smooth terrain (i.e., road). Participants ran repeatedly over an artificial, rough trail and a smooth, smooth section. Video analysis was used to determine any differences in gait and foot-strike patterns. A force platform was used to determine ground reaction forces. A repeated measures ANOVA revealed no significant difference in gait or ground reaction forces, while a Chi-Squared analysis revealed significantly more forefoot strikes while running over uneven, rough terrain.
Published
2016-05-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities