Date of Award
Master of Arts
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (to 2011)
Dr. Mary Dawson
Dr. Roger Zabik
Dr. Harold Ray
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The objective of the study was to investigate the effects of different models of running shoes on the gait pattern of runners. A biomechanical analysis was employed using one high speed camera, digitizing equipment, and a computer. Statistical analysis was performed to determine differences in pronation, Q-angle and leg angle at foot strike and midstance. The analysis of variance indicated no difference between the shoes in pronation at foot strike or midstance. Furthermore, no difference existed in either Q-angle or leg angle during foot strike and midstance.
Apparently, shoes had no effect on running gait during foot strike and midstance. More research is needed on running shoes with a human element maintained in the research design.
Leeds, Linda S., "An Investigation of the Effects of Different Running Shoes on the Gait Pattern of Runners" (1984). Master's Theses. 1531.