Faculty Advisor

Gaudette, Glenn R.

Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Understanding how the muscles and forces during the gait cycle are affected when different running techniques are used. This study looks to find a correlation between the effects of spinal rotation and the impact forces on the feet and knees while jogging. For a group of 40 runners, two force transducers were placed in the right insole of their shoe to measure the vertical forces upon landing during heel strike and a spinal rotation device was placed on their backs to measure spinal rotation. The forces were correlated to amount of spinal rotation during a jog with normal form, an exaggerated spinal rotation and a restricted spinal rotation. The results showed there was no correlation to the reduction of force as a direct result of increased or decreased spinal rotation.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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