Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Kinesiology and Sport Management

First Advisor

Hanz Tao, DPT

Second Advisor

Andrea Powell, M.A.

Third Advisor

Talin Louder, Ph.D.


Running, Foot, Injuries, Arch

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Running is popular and injuries associated with it are common. It is hypothesized that there are connections between running related injuries and their causes, some of which point to the biomechanics or arch type of the individual. The structure and function of the foot’s arch is unique across individuals and different effects related to its function during running have been shown to be important. How all these aspects are related to one another have been compiled and discussed, in hopes that increased research will result. There are suspected patterns between the injuries runners sustain and their arch type. The purpose of compiling this data is to increase the population of runners’ knowledge of this potential correlation and the injury risks that follow, while also aiming to decrease the injury rate across those affected by running-related injuries.



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