For many years, biomechanists have speculated that women and men should suffer from different running injuries due to their different hip structures.
While evidence for these injury differences stays elusive, three-dimensional gait analysis at the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic has turned up some interesting patterns in latest research.
In a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Drugs & Science in Sports activities, The study compared 48 runners with iliotibial band syndrome with 48 healthy runners.
The injured women displayed greater hip rotation in comparison with healthy girls, while the injured men displayed greater ankle rotation compared to healthy men. Females develop this injury from a hip-down perspective while men develop it from a foot-up perspective.
Another study on knee pain also found sex-specific patterns. The upshot is that future rehab and injury prevention protocols will be tailored to the differences between women and men – or, better yet, to the unique characteristics of each persons running stride.