The physiological and biomechanical aspects of grass running compared to sand running

Hugh Pinnington

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    [Truncated] Athletes and coaches, as a successful adjunct to normal firm surface training regimes, have often used sand running. However, previous research investigating the energy cost (EC) of running on sand is limited to two studies that produced conflicting results. Furthermore, the kinematic and electromyographic aspects of running on sand have not previously been reported. Therefore, a series of studies was undertaken to determine the energy cost of running on soft dry sand and to document the kinematic and elctromyographic aspects of running on soft dry sand when compared with a firm surface.

    The first two studies assessed the accuracy and precision of portable measurement equipment (Accusport portable blood lactate analyser and Cosmed K4 b² portable metabolic unit) that was used to collect data taken in the field during Studies 3 and 4.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002


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