Can We Predict Running Injuries From Biomechanics?

Biomechanics And Running Injuries Can We Predict Running Injuries From Biomechanics? Well, this is a question for the ages, and one that we bet most of us would answer…. absolutely! We know running-related injury (RRI) is high, with estimates of the annual prevalence of lower extremity running-related injuries (RRI) vary between 19.4% and 79.3%,2 while…

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical

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    • Hi Fabian! I hope you are well mate! I think this article is not so much about questioning whether gait analysis is useful, becasue of course it is, but more about imposing “models that fit’ onto what we see. Because according to this research and others, we simply cannot bolt on this type of assumption. This research, more than any I have read recently, concluded that even when you cluster for certain biomechanical variables, RRI prediction is still not possible. Does that mean we should not investigate biomechanical causes? Absolutely not. What it does mean is that we need to stop assuming that say, a runner with a LLD will develop hip pain, or a runner with limited AJ dorsiflexion ROM will develop shin pain.. they might.. but they might not, but to cluster them in this way when we examine them is unlikely to give us answers. Examine each athlete individually and independently because their gait is unique! Then, make decisions based on those individual findings.Make sense?.. best Simon

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