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Hum Mov Sci. 2001 Jun;20(3):257-76.

Effect of localized muscle fatigue on vertical ground reaction forces and ankle joint motion during running.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA.


The purpose of this study was to examine the changes in the vertical ground reaction force (VGRF) and ankle joint motion during the first 50% of the stance phase of running following fatiguing exercise of either the dorsiflexors or the invertors of the foot. VGRFs, sagittal and rearfoot kinematic data were collected from 11 female recreational runners running at 2.9 m/second on a treadmill prior to and following localized muscle fatigue of either the invertors or dorsiflexors of the right foot. Loading rate of the impact peak force significantly increased following fatiguing exercise of the dorsiflexors, while the peak magnitudes of the impact and push-off forces remained unchanged. There were significant decreases in dorsiflexion at heel contact, but no significant difference in any rearfoot motion parameters tested following dorsiflexor fatigue. Following fatiguing exercise of the invertors, impact peak magnitude, push-off peak magnitude and the rate of decline of the impact peak force significantly decreased; there was no change in the loading rate of the impact peak force. Invertor fatigue also resulted in a less inverted foot position at heel contact, but there were no significant differences in any other kinematic parameters tested. The results demonstrate that localized muscle fatigue of either the invertors or dorsiflexors can have a significant effect on the loading rates, peak magnitudes and ankle joint motion seen during running. These changes, due to localized muscle fatigue, may play a role in many common lower extremity running injuries.

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