Running Efficiency

Running Efficiency

Running economy (RE) has a strong relationship with running performance. Running biomechanics are a determining factor of RE. 

The studies propose that the following are beneficial for running efficiency

  • a preferred stride length range (relaxed running)
  • lower vertical oscillation (bouncing), strongly related to greater leg stiffness;
  • low lower limb moment of inertia (related strongly with the GCT-%)
  • larger stride angles;
  • less leg extension at toe-off;
  • alignment of the ground reaction force and leg axis during propulsion; (related to braking)
  • maintaining arm swing
  • low thigh antagonist–agonist muscular coactivation; and
  • low activation of lower limb muscles during propulsion.

 

Scientific Articles

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4887549/