Changes in Running Gait Complexity Due to a 12-Week Progressive Running Training Program in Novice Runners

Study Overview

The purpose of this study is: 1) to determine if and how you run changes after a prolonged treadmill run; 2) to determine if changes in how you run can be observed following a 3-week progressive running training program; and 3) to determine if changes in how you run can be observed following a 12-week progressive running training program.

Study Description

We measure how your lower extremity, center of mass, and head move before, during, and at the end of the running training program. The running training includes a typical week of running for you plus 12 weeks of progressively increasing your mileage (13 weeks total). If you are enrolled in the study, you will be asked to come into the IU Biomechanics laboratory (Bloomington, IN) to perform a gait analysis to examine your running form at the start of the training program, after the 4th week, and after the 12th week of the training program. The gait analysis involves running over-ground in the lab and on a treadmill with sensors placed on your feet, legs, hips, and head. The treadmill run will simulate a normal run for you, in either time or miles. Following the visit to the lab for the baseline analysis, you will be given a foot pod and activity monitor to track your running mileage and general activity. You will be given a running training program to follow that has you performing your normal weekly running mileage for week 1 and then progressively increases your weekly running mileage using a periodization of three, 4-week cycles. For each cycle, your weekly mileage will be increased by 15% during the three “loading weeks” followed by a “recovery week” (i.e. 4th week) for which your weekly mileage will be reduced by 20% relative to the third week. If you are in the control group, you will be asked not to change your normal weekly running mileage or running speed over the 13-week enrollment period. At the end of the 13th week, you will return your foot pod and activity monitor and receive a gift card. 

Additional Information

The in-lab data collections for this is study take place in Bloomington, IN.

Participants will be compensated for their participation.

  • IRB Number: 1703809264
  • Research Study Identifier: TX7754
  • Principal Investigator: Allison Gruber

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