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New Cadets Provided With Running Pods For Study PDF Print E-mail
Keller Army Community Hospital physical therapy fellowship and PT clinic staff collaborated on a study called START: Simple Technology Assessing Running Technique, for new cadets at the U.S. Military Academy July 5. The study aims to identify traits in Soldiers’ gait that may be indicative of future lower extremity injuries.
 
Information-recording pods were provided by the KACH physical therapy research team from a grant—from the Military Operational Medicine Research Program—with no labor requirements or cost from U.S. Military Academy.
 
Cadets in the Class of 2022 will wear the pods for six weeks during summer training. The pods detect step rate (steps per minute), step length, distance run, foot strike pattern and rate of impact loading.
 
After the six weeks are complete, the pods will be returned to the research team for data syncing, then be returned to the cadets. Cadets will then be able to use these pods to monitor their physical activities via an app.
 
The intent of the study is to improve readiness by identifying parameters which promote healthy running and reduce injury, contributing to a reduction in the number of running-related injuries in cadets and Soldiers.
 
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