CORRECTING FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT PAITERNS REDUCES FAULTY RUNNING BIOMECHANICS

Monique Mokha, Justin Romanes, Kortney Kostzer, Pete Sprague, Dustin Gatens

Abstract


The purpose of the study was to determine if 6-weeks of correcting underlying movement patterns (stepping, squatting) would change running gait. 26 runners were screened using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS); those scoring 114121 or having asymmetries qualified for the study. 12 runners underwent pre- and post-motion analysis of their running kinematics beak hip adduction (HADD), hip internal rotation (HIR), knee valgus (KVAL), contralateral pelvis drop (CPD)] and performed corrective exercises based on their FMS results. FMS scores (pre 13 +- 1.2 vs post I 6 +- 1.2 (p less than.001) and KVAL (pre 17.5°+- 8.70° vs post 8.8° +- 9.3°, p=.05) significantly improved. HIR improved (pre 23.9°+- 12.5° vs post 14.5°+5.30, p=.08). HADD and CPD did not significantly change, p>.05. Results show that correcting underlying movement patterns shows promise to train gait in runners.

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ISSN 1999-4168