Runner's World (UK) - - Injury -

A new study2 sug­gests that vis­ual and au­di­tory dis­trac­tions can in­crease load­ing rate and ground re­ac­tion force in run­ners. Sub­jects ran on a tread­mill and had to con­cen­trate on a screen show­ing let­ters in dif­fer­ent colours and note when a let­ter-colour com­bi­na­tion ap­peared, or lis­ten out for a word be­ing spo­ken by a spe­cific voice. In both cases, the fo­cus needed proved to be an un­wel­come dis­trac­tion, elic­it­ing a higher heart rate and breath­ing rate, and hav­ing a neg­a­tive ef­fect on land­ing forces.

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