In­clined to in­jury Stay off the slopes

Runner's World (UK) - - Warm Ups -

Most of us en­counter the oc­ca­sional cam­bered (side slop­ing) road sur­face on a run, but if you find your­self run­ning at an an­gle on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, plan a de­tour. Even a mod­est 10-de­gree slope will af­fect biome­chan­ics and mus­cle re­cruit­ment, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Ira­nian study. Re­searchers

1 found that the hip on the ‘higher’ side of the road dropped and ro­tated in­wards more than its coun­ter­part, while the higher foot was more ex­ter­nally ro­tated and rolled in more at toe-off. The op­po­site was true at the knees, where more in­ter­nal ro­ta­tion oc­curred on the ‘lower’ side of the body. Th­ese changes to nor­mal run­ning gait pat­terns can pre­dis­pose the body to in­juries.

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