Oct 30, 2017 – Running vs. Walking Gait

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๐ŸƒWALK, RUN, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? [Info]

When you switch from walking ๐Ÿšถ to running ๐Ÿƒ, have you ever thought what you change? Of course you don’t! It’s so engrained in our motor patterns, that we don’t think of what running actually is

There’s a few changes:
๐Ÿ”บA ‘Flight’ Phase (that’s right, you’re literally floating )
๐Ÿ”บMore Joint Range of Motion
๐Ÿ”บMore Ground Reaction Force ๐Ÿ’ฅ
๐Ÿ”บMore Eccentric Muscle Use (Muscles work to control you landing)

This circles back to injuries โžก๏ธ if you haven’t ran or played a sport in YEARS, you’re using muscles and joints that haven’t been active at that level

This is especially important when you’re ‘floating’ and the lead foot ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ makes first contact with the ground (stance phase). A few things happen โžก๏ธ

๐Ÿ”นThe shin muscles contract to stabilize foot landing
๐Ÿ”นThe quad muscles contract to slow knee flexion
๐Ÿ”นThe side-hip muscles contract to stabilize ใ€ฐthe pelvis

The whole process loads the joints and muscles up to 4๏ธโƒฃtimes your body weight when you jog (Nilsson, 89)

This is all good when you run around the block . But say you go for that Marathon your friend signed you up for? You take around ~ 55,000 steps during a marathon! It means if you have a flaw during โžก๏ธ landing โžก๏ธstance phase, this is magnified over FIFTY THOUSAND times. Even worse if you’re tired ๐Ÿ˜ด

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