Gaudette, Glenn R.
Savilonis, Brian James
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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