Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Zabik

Third Advisor

Dr. Ray

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between wear patterns of running shoes and selected kinematic variables of the lower extremities. Statistical analyses were completed by using a case study design for two male subjects. Subjects were filmed for ten strides on six different sessions over a three-month period. A two-way ANOVA design, with repeated measures, evaluated the dependent variables: (a) footstrike, (b) midstance and (c) toeoff phases. The degree of change was determined by digitizing ten points on the body. A University of California, Los Angeles, BMDP2V statistical package was used to determine differences between means. A Tukey Significant Difference Test identified differences between times and conditions.

Results of the ANOVA revealed that Subjects One and Two exhibited significant changes in pronation/supination and Q-angle with respect to times. Further investigation showed an interaction effect between pronation/supination and Q-angle of the right foot between the footstrike and midstance phases for Subject One.