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Foot Strike Detector

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Abstract

Although running is associated with positive health benefits, many runners experience running-induced injuries. Research demonstrates that a rear-foot strike pattern is a common factor amongst these injuries and may increase one’s likelihood of sustaining another in the future. Current technology to assess foot strike pattern and running form in a clinical setting lacks the instantaneous feedback needed to alert a runner to his or her poor mechanics. Partner physical therapists desire a device that can be easily implemented into a gait retraining program to provide instantaneous feedback to the runner about his or her foot striking pattern in order to treat and prevent running-induced injuries. The proposed design is intended for use in a clinical setting and uses force sensors placed directly on the bottom of the runner’s foot, a compact wiring cord, and a small electronics box to transmit data to an iPad application.

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