Is Your Running Stride Causing Injuries
By: Nick Gay, PT, DPT, CMTPT
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.)