Biomechanics behind Sports Injury, Prevention, and Performance in Running

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020) | Viewed by 311

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Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Interests: running; biomechanics; injury prevention; sports performance

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Dear Colleagues,

Mass participation in running is positive, given its many health-enhancing benefits, including a decreased risk of all-cause mortality. Unfortunately, injuries in runners are common and the most frequent cause of running cessation. A recent systematic review confirms that the prevalence of running-related injuries hovers ~35%–50%, which is similar to the prevalence reported from a systematic review published on this topic nearly two decades ago.

Biomechanics in sports has two main goals, namely: reduce injury risk and improve performance. In running, there is limited to very limited evidence regarding the role that biomechanics plays in running-related injuries, and even less in terms of injury prevention. How to safely return an injured runner to running is also a complex issue and balancing act that requires close attention to load and adequate progression. In terms of running biomechanics and performance, one must consider the “performance” context, namely: the biomechanics of sprinting, endurance, and trail running differ from each other, and are also affected by sex and age. Given that running performance is strongly related to running economy, much of the biomechanics research focuses on economy. In this context, only a few biomechanical factors have been consistently linked with an improved economy, which include reduced vertical oscillation and factors related to propulsion.

The aim of this Special Issue is to discuss the biomechanics behind sports injury, prevention, and performance in running, aggregating novel research that span this area.

Dr. Kim Hébert-Losier, PT, PhD
Guest Editor

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  • biomechanics
  • injury
  • footwear
  • performance
  • prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • running

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