Running Mechanics and Variability with Aging.

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Introduction: As the elderly population in the United States continues to grow, issues related to maintenance of health become increasingly important. Physical activity has positive benefits for healthy aging. Running, a popular form of exercise, is associated with the risk of developing injury, especially in older runners. Initial differences between older and younger runners have been observed, but these were observed without consideration of other differences between groups, such as running mileage. Purpose: This study aims to compare running mechanics and lower-extremity coordination variability in matched groups of healthy younger and healthy older runners.

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