Sometimes injuries result from attempts to alter running gait, particularly when switching to a forefoot strike. Reducing load on structures when running is difficult and usually, results in an increased load elsewhere.
However, there is some stronger correlation between running gait and certain injuries. For example, there is some evidence that modifying running gait improves symptoms of our most common injury: Runner's Knee.
Higher step rate with smaller stride length has been found to have a number of benefits in the research. 3 fairly recent studies – Heiderscheit et al. (2011), Chumanov et al. (2012) and Hobara et al. (2012) found the following:
- Altered foot posture when the foot hits the ground
- Improved Hip position
- Buttock muscles are activated better
- Reduce load on hip and knee joints
Studies are showing increasing cadence by 5-10% helps. At the SA Running Injury Clinic, we will show you simple techniques to alter your gait. It is a lot simpler than you think.