Fit­ness

Mix it up on the down­hill

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

The joy of a slow start, and lac­tate thresh­old ex­plained. Fi­nally!

Run­ning down­hill causes mus­cle sore­ness be­cause of the vol­ume of ec­cen­tric or ‘length­en­ing’ mus­cle con­trac­tions in­volved. But re­searchers in France be­lieve you can mit­i­gate that pain by vary­ing your footstrike pat­tern be­tween a fore­foot (or mid­foot) and heel strike. The study1 found this vari­a­tion was associated with less dam­age, which may be due to bet­ter dis­tri­bu­tion of the load of down­hill run­ning across the body’s mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem.

57 PER­CENT­AGE OF RUN­NERS WHO IN­COR­RECTLY IDEN­TI­FIED THEIR FOOTSTRIKE IN A RE­CENT STUDY. 3

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