A hierarchical cluster analysis to determine whether injured runners exhibit similar kinematic gait patterns.

Review written by Tom Goom info

Key Points

  • Cluster analysis found 5 distinct subgroups based on running kinematics.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

The exact link between how we run (in terms of movement patterns) and the development of injury is unknown. This study examined a large group of injured and healthy runners to determine if distinct subgroups of running gait patterns could be identified, and whether these were associated with specific injury location.

The exact link between how we run and the development of injury is unknown.
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While I wouldn’t dismiss gait retraining, it is likely that education and training load management are more of a priority for most injured runners.

METHODS

A total of 291 runners were included in the study; 25 runners were healthy, 266 were injured. Both male and female runners were included with a range of ages (10 - 66 years) and varied running experience (57 competitive, 234

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