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Step Rate in Recreational Runners

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03057522
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 20, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 14, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jonathan T. Finnoff, Mayo Clinic

Brief Summary:

This will be a pilot study to determine if a 6 week home training program can increase preferred step rate (cadence) in recreational runners. Increase in step rate has been correlated with decreased stress at lower limb joints in runners. This has the potential of decreasing overuse injuries in this population.

Research participants will have their preferred cadence evaluated at the beginning of the study. The athletes will be randomly assigned to two groups. One group will continue to train without intervention and the other group will train at a cadence of 10% higher than their preferred step rate.

At the end of 6 weeks the participants will have their preferred cadence reevaluated using the same method as pre-participation cadence was determined.

The investigators hypothesis the preferred running cadence of recreational runners following the intervention will be 5-10% greater than prior to the intervention and the increased cadence will be maintained for 6 months following the intervention.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gait Disorder, Sensorimotor Behavioral: Change in running cadence Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 38 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Prospective, randomized, controlled study evaluating whether a home exercise program can increase the running cadence of recreational runners.
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: The Effect of a Home Training Program on Preferred Step Rate in Recreational Runners
Actual Study Start Date : February 1, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 1, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : June 1, 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention Group
This group will undergo home exercise program designed to increase their running cadence.
Behavioral: Change in running cadence
The intervention will involve a home exercise program designed to increase the running cadence in recreational runners.

No Intervention: Control Group
This group will not receive any intervention.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Running cadence [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Running cadence (steps per minute) will be evaluated using a running cadence sensor to determine if the intervention subjects increased their running cadence by 10 steps per minute following the intervention.

  2. Running cadence [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Running cadence (steps per minute) will be evaluated using a running cadence sensor to determine if the intervention subjects maintained their increased running cadence for 6 months following the intervention.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • healthy male or female runners
  • 18 years of age or greater
  • run two or more times per week most weeks of the year for at least 4 years
  • cadence of 85 strides/min or less as determined at initial evaluation
  • no musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses that would limit running in the last 6 months
  • currently running at least 15 miles a week

Exclusion criteria:

  • baseline running cadence greater than 85 strides/min
  • inability to run
  • cardiovascular disease
  • greater than 2 cardiovascular risk factors
  • peripheral vascular disease
  • neurological disease
  • musculoskeletal injury or disease that causes pain with running

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03057522


Locations
United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic in Rochester
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jonathan T Finnoff Mayo Clinic

Responsible Party: Jonathan T. Finnoff, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03057522     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 16-008532
First Posted: February 20, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 14, 2018
Last Verified: November 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: No IPD will be shared with other researchers

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Jonathan T. Finnoff, Mayo Clinic:
Run
Cadence
Home exercise

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gait Disorders, Neurologic
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms