An Approach to Biomechanical Profiling of Elite Distance Runners

in Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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  • 1 The Pennsylvania State University
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A comprehensive biomechanical profile for the evaluation of elite distance runners is outlined. The profile includes the following sections: (a) structural assessment, (b) movement analysis, (c) plantar force and pressure, and (d) selected metabolic measurements. For each of these sections the methodology is described, examples of results from two elite distance runners evaluated are presented and, where appropriate, recommendations for performance improvement and/or injury prevention are made. The concluding discussion addresses a number of philosophical issues related to the biomechanical study of elite athletes and makes some' recommendations for farther development of programs of this nature.

Direct all correspondence to Peter R. Cavanagh, Biomechanics Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.