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Keňský a euroamerický styl běhu

Title in English Kenyan and Euro-american style of running

ČERNÝ Dominik ČUTA Martin

Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Kúltúrna antropologia a šport : Zborník vedeckých prác
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Kinematics; reviews of tread; Kenyan style tread; sociocultural differences
Description Kenyan runners dominate major long-distance running competition. One of the factors of their success is a different foot-strike pattern. This paper not only focuses on the cinematic pattern but also reviews other - cultural - factors which, however, are closely associated with cinematics). These factors are related to an overall unsatisfactory economical situation which puts sporting success on a different level of existential motivation. Resulting running strategy and mechanics are different from the Euro-american running mechanincs. Foot-strike pattern comparison was made by assessing the contact surface between the runners foot and the ground. The assessment was performed via foot-print evaluation of a runner using the Kenyan-type and Euro-american running mechanics. The results confirm the existence of statistically significant differences and support the hypothesis of a different foot-strike pattern.

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