Step Rate in Recreational Runners


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 16-008532
    NCT ID: NCT03057522
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 16-008532

About this study

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.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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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

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Jonathan Finnoff, D.O.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Jesson Baumgartner D.O.