Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Robert Hautala and W. Jeffrey Armstrong
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
Running. The most natural and physical athletic ability that has been a part of our ancestors’ culture for generations upon generations. The sport of running is a mere pastime that seems to be taken up when there is no other exercising option available or appealing. However, for those that have found great joy in the art of running and racing, there is an abundance of knowledge available to the public on every possible aspect of how to improve running performance. The science behind how the body moves oxygen, stores glucose, burns calories, and biomechanically functions while running is immensely vast. Yet, each person is individually different. No two people are the same when it comes to stride, or better yet, running efficiency. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a resource that could compile all the helpful information out there and crunch it down into a manageable and easily understandable template? Improving overall fitness and avoiding injury is as simple as it gets for running basics, but what does the average recreational runner do to prevent injuries before they happen? How can basic training exercises be incorporated into a running routine to help increase longevity? If injury is already present, what can the athlete do to aid in a quick recovery and proper healing, all while staying motivated? The plethora of knowledge is out there and available, all the information needs now is a well-structured and properly designed template.
Noonan, Brennan, "Running Efficiency Program for the Recreational Runner" (2020). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 216.
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