Kinematic assessment of treadmill running using different body-weight support harnesses

Duane Millslagle, Morris Levy, Nicholas Matack

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10 male collegiate runners (Mage = 21.4, SD=1.5 yr.) ran on a treadmill with no body-weight support (BWS), 20% BWS, and 40% BWS conditions. In addition, they wore three different commercially available harnesses at the 20% and 40% BWS conditions. The aim was to run on the treadmill at a fast speed while maintaining an adequate step length. The purpose was to investigate how each harness changed running gait, and the differences in running gait between the harnesses with various body-weight support. Analysis of variance indicated significant restriction of upper body torso rotation between the harnesses at the 40% BWS conditions. Body-weight support resulted in a longer stride, decreased cadence, less vertical displacement of the center of mass, and diminished hip and ankle joint excursions. These changes indicated that increased body-weight support results in longer steps with the foot contacting the belt for a shorter period of time with less leg angular changes throughout the running cycling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-618
Number of pages12
JournalPerceptual and motor skills
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2006


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