Loading Rates: Cadence vs Footstrike

How we run determines the amount of impact forces acting on our body. 

Some factors impact this more than others. Cadence and footstrike are two of the biggest.

Cadence is a measure of how many steps taken per minute. 

Footstrike the angle of the foot at ground contact: heel strike vs forefoot strike. 

A 2019 research paper (here) looked at the change in loading rates between increasing running cadence vs transition from a heel strike to a forefoot strike.

The results showed the change to forefoot strike was vastly superior in reducing loading rates compared with increasing cadence. 

Reduction in vertical average load rates:

Forefoot strike: 49.7% 
Faster cadence: 16% 

That's a 3x times the reduction in loading with a transition to forefoot strike.

Reduction in vertical instantaneous load roads

Forefoot strike: 41.7%
Faster cadence: none as the change was not statistically significant 

So where does the PR1 fit into this?

The PR1 is designed to help runners develop a consistent forefoot strike, and we have the data to prove it.

The graph below shows the consistency in forefoot strike in a runner using the PR1s (green line) vs a runner without. 

Start running better today with our PR1 training aids. 

Charlie Bennett


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