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Clin Sports Med. 2012 Apr;31(2):187-201. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2011.10.001. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

The anatomy and biomechanics of running.

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  • 1UIC Sports Medicine Center, 839 West Roosevelt Avenue, Suite #102, Chicago, IL 60608, USA. tnicola@uic.edu


To understand the normal series of biomechanical events of running, a comparative assessment to walking is helpful. Closed kinetic chain through the lower extremities, control of the lumbopelvic mechanism, and overall symmetry of movement has been described well enough that deviations from normal movement can now be associated with specific overuse injuries experienced by runners. This information in combination with a history of the runner's errors in their training program will lead to a more comprehensive treatment and prevention plan for related injuries.

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