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Do you run and ever think that THE WAY you run is holding back your performance? Book a place and let's find out!

n/a - August 9th, 08:59

Study Title: An Investigation Into Running Velocity And Its Effect on Ankle Joint Biomechanics Between Terminal Swing And Terminal Stance

Description: The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between running velocity and ankle joint biomechanics between terminal swing and terminal stance. This investigation will analyse the ankle joint immediately prior to foot impact and immediately following toe off and allow the researcher to answer the following research question:

How does running velocity influence ankle joint biomechanics between terminal swing and terminal stance?

In order to answer this question, participants will be required to attend one session at the Anglia Ruskin University laboratory located in Compass House and this session will be supervised by the primary researcher and one assistant. Following a 5-minute warm up, motion analysis markers will be placed at joint centres on the right leg and the participant will be required to run at their preferred pace down a 12 metre long strip. They will impact the force plate, which is located halfway down the strip, with the whole of the right foot whilst running as naturally as possible. The session will conclude with the completion of 10 satisfactory trials, which should take approximately 45 minutes.

Eligibility: In order to participate in this research project, participants must be male, aged 19 to 39 years, and able to complete a 2.5-kilometre running time trial in less than 10 minutes 37 seconds OR more than 13 minutes 30 seconds. Recognizing that this distance is not common, the following distances and times will be accepted as well:

5-kilometre run: ≤ 21 minutes 14 seconds OR ≥ 27 minutes
10-kilometre run: ≤ 42 minutes 28 seconds OR ≥ 54 minutes

The necessity of males only was determined by research (Malinzak et al, 2001) which reported that, at the knee joint, males exhibited less movement in the frontal plane than did females. In addition, this research showed that, in the impact position, males achieved 8 degrees more knee flexion, positively impacting their ability to achieve a more vertical shank whilst influencing the impact forces and joint moments sustained by the runner’s lower limbs. Finally, these two factors would not allow for the three-dimensional comparison of kinematic and kinetic running variables within a homogeneous group.

Duration: Up to 45 minutes

Credits: 0

Researcher: Timothy Stickney; timothy.stickney@student.anglia.ac.uk

The study has received ethics approval by the Sport and Exercises Departmental Research Ethics Panel (DREP) and ratified by the Faculty Research Ethics Panel under the terms of Anglia Ruskin University’s Policy and Code of Practice for the Conduct of Research with Human Participants