University of Calgary

Biomechanics of the aging runner

June 25, 2012

A new study by Running Injury Clinic researcher Reginaldo Fukuchi is hoping to understand how our running gait changes as we age, and how we can avoid injury.

The Faculty of Kinesiology researcher believes that once older recreational runners understand how their bodies are changing they can prevent injury with targeted stretching and strengthening programs aimed at returning ‘more youthful’ biomechanics.

Fukuchi’s study is timely since it is predicted that the number of Canadians over the age of 65 will double over the next 25 years. “Preventing injury will hopefully reduce the burden on the health-care system,” says Fukuchi. “More importantly, it will allow older runners to continue enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise.”

Fukuchi is looking for 110 runners over the age of 55, to take part in an eight-week study.

Media Availability:

Who: Running Injury Clinic researcher Reginaldo Fukuchi; Martin Parnell, Alberta runner who completed 250 marathons in 2010 for charity at the age of 55.

What: Study recruitment – looking for recreational runners over the age of 55 to be part of an ongoing study.

When: June 26, 2012 between 10:30 a.m. – noon

Where: Running Injury Clinic, Faculty of Kinesiology Atrium, University of Calgary.

Media in a marked vehicle are invited to park in any lot on campus.

Media Contact
Don Mcswiney, Director Of Communications
Faculty of Kinesiology
(403) 220-7652, C: (403) 852-7652
Email: don.mcswiney@ucalgary.ca