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Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 200; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2060200

Characterizing the Learning Effect in Response to Biofeedback Aimed at Reducing Tibial Acceleration during Running

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Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, 11 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield S10 2LX, UK
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Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Hall, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK
Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
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Published: 14 February 2018
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Abstract

Increased tibial acceleration has been found to be an important risk factor for tibial stress fractures. Interventions aimed at reducing this variable which found a beneficial effect include the use of biofeedback in gait retraining. However, no studies have focused on the time participants take to modify tibial acceleration, therefore we aimed to find the start of a learning plateau in this study. Six participants ran on a treadmill while multisensory feedback was given. A single-subject analysis was used to characterise the learning effects. All participants changed peak tibial acceleration within the first step of running in the feedback condition. Two participants further reduced tibial acceleration to reach a plateau within 120 steps. In four of the six participants a strong effect of the feedback was still present after a week. Further research is needed to optimise the use of biofeedback in reducing the prevalence of tibial stress fractures.
Keywords: Gait retraining; real-time feedback; tibial acceleration; stress fracture Gait retraining; real-time feedback; tibial acceleration; stress fracture
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M. A. van Gelder, L.; Barnes, A.; Wheat, J.S.; Heller, B.W. Characterizing the Learning Effect in Response to Biofeedback Aimed at Reducing Tibial Acceleration during Running. Proceedings 2018, 2, 200.

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