Plantar pressure modifications in experienced runners following an exhaustive run

Tomer Bercovitz, Amir Herman, Deborah Solomonow-Avnon, Alon Wolf, Einat Kodesh

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Running-induced fatigue alters foot strike pattern. The purpose of this study was to assess plantar pressure and centre of pressure (CoP) trajectory alterations after a 30-minute run at sub-maximal speed in experienced long-distance runners. Plantar pressure data from 9 experienced heel-to-toe male runners was collected before and after a 30-minute run on a treadmill at a speed 5% above the respiratory compensation point (RCP) of each participant. Significant changes in the plantar-pressure map were found post-run, including increased impulses in the first metatarsal head (9.92%, p < 0.001) and hallux areas (16.19%, p < 0.001), and decreased impulses in the fourth and fifth metatarsal heads (4.95%, p < 0.05). The CoP curve showed a medial shift (p < 0.01). The plantar-pressure map and CoP trajectory were altered following a 30-minute exhausting run. These changes may indicate an increase in stress on joints and tissues when individuals are fatigued and may promote overload injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1199
Number of pages11
JournalSports Biomechanics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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  • Running
  • biomechanics
  • centre of pressure (CoP)
  • fatigue
  • plantar pressure pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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