Differences in Peak Impact Accelerations During Trail Versus Track Running
Various running surfaces and their firmness may affect the likelihood of overuse injuries on the lower extremity. The more firm a surface, the greater the impact acceleration that a runner feels upon landing. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine whether there are differences between impact accelerations on different trail running surfaces. Participants will run on a dirt, gravel and paved trail, with accelerometers attached to different parts of the body to measure these impact accelerations. We hypothesize that a softer surface will decrease impact accelerations, which may reduce the likelihood of lower extremity injury.