Impact-Related Ground Reaction Forces Are More Strongly Associated With Some Running Injuries Than Others

Clinical Relevance: These results suggest that practitioners may want to address impact loading in their treatment of injured runners, especially in those with patellofemoral pain and plantar fasciitis

Caleb D. Johnson; Adam S. Tenforde; Jereme Outerleys; Julia Reilly; Irene S. Davis

2020

Scholarcy highlights

  • Inconsistent associations have been reported for impact-related ground reaction force variables and running injuries when grouping all injuries together
  • A total of 125 runners presenting with patellofemoral pain, tibial bone stress injury, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, or iliotibial band syndrome and 65 healthy controls completed an instrumented treadmill assessment at a self-selected speed
  • vertical average, vertical average and instantaneous, and vertical stiffness at initial loading were significantly higher in the overall injured versus control groups
  • Impact variables were significantly higher when assessing the injured group as a whole. These findings were driven by specific injury groups, highlighting the importance of taking an injury-specific approach to biomechanical risk factors for running injury
  • Clinical Relevance: These results suggest that practitioners may want to address impact loading in their treatment of injured runners, especially in those with patellofemoral pain and plantar fasciitis

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