Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

This study explores the effects of changing someone’s running stride by analyzing the forces exerted on the knee and ankle joints. Over a 5 week training period, 13 subjects were observed using video and force-plate analysis in order to estimate the landing load on the ankle and knee upon initial foot strike for two different stride forms. Various kinematic variables, such as landing force, joint moments, and landing angles were compared for two different stride forms to determine if stride change is beneficial. Based on the findings of this study, the benefits of stride change are dependent on the individual.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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