Analysis of Treadmill Jogging vs. Track Jogging

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For many runners, running on a treadmill feels quite different than running on land. While there is a considerable amount of literature discussing the kinematic differences between treadmill walking and land walking, there seems to be less available literature that describes the kinematic differences in running. In addition to wanting to find out more about joint angle differences in jogging, we wanted to relate those differences with measured differences in stride length. To measure joint angle and stride length differences, we placed 7 joint markers on an experienced former NCAA Division I Track & Field athlete as our jogger, tagging the shoulder, iliac crest, hip, knee, ankle, metatarsal, and heel joints. The jogger was recorded jogging on a treadmill at a set speed (5 mph) and on land. The recordings were then uploaded to Kinovea Software to trace the joint markers. After Kinovea analysis was complete, the data was uploaded to an Excel file that provided graphs of the two conditions. The results demonstrate a considerable increase in knee and hip flexion for land jogging. Stride length was also remarkably increased for land jogging when compared to the estimated stride length of the treadmill.

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Hyung Suk Yang

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Kinesiology & Sport Science

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