The Effect of Running Foot Strike Transition on Impulse per Kilometer

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Center for Innovation and Engineering, Civil and Mechanical Engineering


Transitioning runners from a rearfoot strike (RFS) to a non-rearfoot strike (NRFS) pattern has been shown to influence several factors related to running injuries, to include a reducing average vertical loading rate [1]. However there are likely other factors influencing running related injuries, one potential element being total impulse.

The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of a transitional NRFS running program on impulses per unit distance. We hypothesized that impulse per unit distance will remain constant following a running transition program.

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