Stride length and step length can be important numbers to diagnose a problem with your running or a condition that could be causing a problem with your gait.
For example, Increased stride length has been found to be associated with an increased risk of tibial stress fractures in runners. We will be able to highlight particular asymmetries between the two sides of the body.
The ground contact time is defined as the time from when the foot contacts the ground to when the foot toes off the ground. It is an important metric to track and analyse; it plays a major role in optimizing your running efficiency and form.
Some interesting studies have demonstrated the importance of minimal ground contact to running performance. The fastest runners tend to have the shortest ground contact times.
Training specifically to reduce your ground contact time is an effective way to improve your running.
Running is similar to walking in terms of locomotor activity. However, there are some key differences as it requires greater joint range of movement.
It is therefore relevant to detect potential asymmetries and biomechanical faults that may pre-disposing you to injury.
The centre of pressure displacement during your performance has been shown to be a reliable measure of running efficiency.
Vertical displacement during running has indeed key implications for injury mechanics as well as energetics.
Throughout your running assessment, any imbalance in load is constantly measured.
Load symmetry is one element often highlighted as a risk factor for running injuries.
Imbalance in load can be due to differences in muscle strength, motion, flexibility, balance, and mechanics between the two sides of the body.
Cadence is the number of steps you take during a given period and is typically measured per minute (SPM).
Cadence has been found to be a very influential biomechanical variable when it comes to injuries and performance. Not only that, but it is actually one of the easiest things to manipulate.