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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

🙋Are running gait abnormalities associated with running injuries?🤕⁣

Are there running gait abnormalities associated with running injuries? A recent study by Bramah set about to examine this question. 72 injured runners & 36 controls had their running gait analysed & then compared the two groups.⁣

What did they find?⁣

Injured runners demonstrated:⁣

🤕Greater contralateral pelvic drop & forward trunk lean at midstance, ⁣

🤕Landed with a more extended knee & dorsiflexed ankle at initial contact. ⁣

These kinematic patterns were consistent across each of the 4 injured subgroups (patellofemoral pain, ITB syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome & Achilles tendinopathy). ⁣

Pelvic drop was found to be the most important variable predicting the classification of participants as healthy or injured. Importantly, for every 1° increase in pelvic drop, there was an 80% increase in the odds of being classified as injured.⁣

🔍What are the limitations to this research?⁣

Firstly this study was done retrospectively, so we can't conclusively say that the changes in running gait CAUSED their injury.⁣

🔑Key takeaways⁣

Running gait analysis should form a PART in the holistic approach to running-related injuries.⁣

If you are suffering from running injuries, and need your running gait assessed, please don't hesitate to contact us at⁣

📚Bramah, C., et al. (2018). "Is There a Pathological Gait Associated With Common Soft Tissue Running Injuries?" Am J Sports Med: 363546518793657

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