- Cluster analysis found 5 distinct subgroups based on running kinematics.
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.
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.
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