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Is Your Running Stride Causing Injuries?

Is Your Running Stride Causing Injuries

By: Nick Gay, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Olney Location


Past research has supported the idea that the pattern of "overstriding" (taking too long of a step when running) can lead to a higher risk of injuries in runners. 

Research by the University of Madison-Wisconsin has shown that "subtle increases in step rate can substantially reduce the loading to the hip and knee joints during running and may prove beneficial in the prevention and treatment of common running-related injuries." In order to calculate your steplength or cadence, you can count the number of times your L foot hits the ground in a minute and then double it. (Additionally, some devices, such as an apple watch, will provide this info.)

Most research shows that a proper cadence between 160-180 is best for injury prevention.
It is no guarantee to fix current pain, but there is value in evaluating your current cadence and seeing if shortening your stride can help prevent future injuries.

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