INNOVATIONS AND PITFALLS IN THE USE OF WEARABLE DEVICES IN THE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION OF RUNNING RELATED INJURIES

Review written by Tom Goom info

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Recent years have seen a surge in the production of wearable running technology (GPS watches, accelerometers etc) which is now becoming available to use with runners in the clinic. Such technology may provide useful insight into training habits as well as forces and tissue loads during running (kinetics), which may have implications for gait re-training and injury management. Previously kinetic data was only available to those with expensive equipment and sophisticated running labs.

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METHODS

This study provides a 'master class' narrative review of current evidence and gives useful guidance on utilising these technological advancements in the clinic. The review provides a basic overview of the need to quantify loading in runners, and the best practices, clinical applications and potential pitfalls related to using wearable devices the evaluation and treatment of runners.

RESULTS

Wearable technology should be evaluated for its potential to;

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