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Blaschak, Mary Jo

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


The title of my project is called Differences in Foot-strike Patterns during Jogging: A Literature Review. The purpose of this literature review was to find out which foot-strike pattern, forefoot or rearfoot, induces the least amount of injury. The procedure involved reviewing four different studies and comparing and contrasting their results. After comparing and contrasting the four separate studies it was found that by using the forefoot foot-strike pattern the runner is exerting less pressure and shock on the joints; therefore, leading to a lower rate o f injury, as opposed to rearfoot runners. In conclusion, it seems that by utilizing a forefoot strike pattern while running will help reduce injuries. This literature review has provided me the information to perform my own experiment to find out whether forefoot strikes or rearfoot strikes will produce less injury in a runner.


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