Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Effect of torsional stiffness on biomechanical variables of the lower extremity during running
Authors: Graf, Eveline
Wannop, John William
Schlarb, Heiko
Stefanyshyn, Darren
DOI: 10.1080/19424280.2016.1271365
Published in: Footwear Science
Volume(Issue): 9
Issue: 1
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1942-4280
Language: English
Subjects: Foot torsion; Biomechanics; Torsion axis; Footwear; Torsional stiffness; Heel–toe running
Subject (DDC): 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Torsion, the relative in-/eversion between forefoot and rearfoot, is a concept that has been incorporated into running shoes for almost 30 years. Studies have shown an influence of footwear torsional stiffness on lower extremity biomechanics during running but results are inconclusive. However, the influence of the torsion axis of the shoe on kinematics and kinetics of running has not been examined. Therefore, the goal was to examine the effect of shoes with a specially designed torsion element on running biomechanics of the lower extremities. Twenty runners performed heel–toe running at 4.0 ms−1 with three shoes and barefoot. All shoes had a torsion element based on a rearfoot and a forefoot element connected by bushings that had a defined rotation axis. The torsional stiffness was altered by modifications made to the torsion element and the surrounding midsole. A force plate and camera system were used to collect kinetics and kinematics. Foot torsion, ankle eversion, ankle and knee moments in the frontal and transverse plane and ground reaction forces were compared between conditions using paired t-tests. The shoe with the lowest torsional stiffness did not result in larger torsion range of motion compared to a stiffer shoe. Ankle eversion decreased with decreasing torsional stiffness while the changes in ankle kinetics were not consistent between the frontal and transverse plane. Torsional stiffness did not have a systematic influence on knee joint kinetics. While shoe torsional stiffness influences foot kinematics significantly, it does not affect lower extremity running biomechanics in a way that would alter the risk of running injuries.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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