A new study goes even further than that, and reveals some incredible information about the types of runners that are at the greatest risk of injury. This study looks at ‘Impact Forces’, ‘Braking Forces’ and much more– if it sounds like nonsense, we’re about to break it down for you, so stay with us.
Impact Forces are vertical in nature. They act in opposition to the downward momentum of your foot and body. They occur from footstrike to toe off.
Braking Forces are horizontal in nature. They act in opposition to the forward momentum of your body. They occur from footstrike to toe off and are much smaller in magnitude than impact forces.
Researchers found that runners in the “high braking force” category were eight times more likely to suffer a running-related injury than those in the “low braking force” category. This is potentially really big news for the running community!
Braking Forces are one of the variables that we assess here at RunPod. In The Run Lab, we have found that both footwear and cadence can have a direct impact on Braking Forces.
So, does everyone now suddenly need to go and get their braking forces checked?
Of course not.
However if you are someone who is suffering from persistent running injuries, it might be worth an assessment. Or it might just be worth switching up your running style.
At the moment, only anecdotal evidence is available, but your running coach’s advice to “run softly” or “more quietly” might just be the trick…