Title

Barefoot Running—A Closer Look at the Biomechanical Differences between the Forefoot and Rearfoot Strike

Date

5-28-2015 9:00 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Session Chair

Daryl Thomas

Session Chair

Janet Roberts

Session Title

Health and Exercise Science Poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Brian Caster

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The project looked at the biomechanical difference between a forefoot strike running gait and a rearfoot strike running gait. A forefoot strike is often seen in barefoot runners while rearfoot striking is seen in traditional running footwear with heel cushioning. A literature review was conducted to compare both types. A phase timining analysis, velocity and acceleration assessment, joint angle measurements and motion tracking analysis was performed using Kinovia software. It seems that there are biomechanical advantages to running with a forefoot strike but appropriate transition to the program is crucial to avoid injury.

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Barefoot Running—A Closer Look at the Biomechanical Differences between the Forefoot and Rearfoot Strike

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

The project looked at the biomechanical difference between a forefoot strike running gait and a rearfoot strike running gait. A forefoot strike is often seen in barefoot runners while rearfoot striking is seen in traditional running footwear with heel cushioning. A literature review was conducted to compare both types. A phase timining analysis, velocity and acceleration assessment, joint angle measurements and motion tracking analysis was performed using Kinovia software. It seems that there are biomechanical advantages to running with a forefoot strike but appropriate transition to the program is crucial to avoid injury.