Medical News Today Quotes Dr. Mandelbaum: Reduce running overuse injuries by leaning forward less, says study

  • The angle at which a person leans their torso forward as they run affects their risk of injury, finds a study from the University of Colorado.
  • The feet hit the ground harder when people lean forward as they run.
  • Leaning forward places stress on the hips, knees, legs, and feet that can lead to overuse issues.

Many people consider running to be an activity that occurs primarily from the waist down. However, a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado in Denver has shown that the angle of a runner’s torso has a lot to do with how they run and their likelihood of injuries.

Leaning forward too far when running increases the chances of developing overuse injuries.

The study, which appears in the journal Human Movement Science, explores the effects of a runner’s trunk flexion, which is the angle at which they hold their torso as they run. The researchers found that even small changes in trunk flexion can have a profound effect on the motion, or “kinematics,” of the lower limbs and how hard they hit the ground when running.

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