The Run Style Spectrum

A unified concept of running technique every clinician, scientist, coach and runner should know about!

During running, every step will create a specific mechanical load. Therefore, running technique is inextricably tied to injuries and efficiency. Runners, coaches, clinicians, and scientists aim at minimising injury risk while optimising performance with measurements and analysis. 

Unfortunately, false claims and misleading interpretations are commonly made. Why? Because biomechanical parameters are often analysed, presented and interpreted in isolation. 

Running styles cannot be understood by a single parameter. You should consider biomechanical interdependencies. Based on current literature, we synthesised a unified concept for analysing the running technique: The Run Style Spectrum.

The proposed Run Style Spectrum provides a practical overview to guide future measurement and interpretation of running biomechanics. The Run Style Spectrum can be applied in practice (measured with commercial devices even) and creates a convenient framework to study further, prevent and treat injuries or optimise performance.

> From: Van Oeveren, Sports Biomech (2021) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

Want to read deeper into this topic? The free full text article is available online here!

Call for running data

We can use your help! We are continuing research on the running styles and recruiting runners who want to share their data. Help us by sharing our call for participants within your network. To get info,  please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Altmetric score

This review has received the highest Altmetric score in the journal Sports Biomechanics over 2021: 95! More information about the score can be found here!


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