My guest today was, Rodger Kram PhD, a leading scientist in the field of biomechanics with research foci in: (1) Partitioning of the rate of metabolic energy expenditure into its biomechanical constituents; AND (2) The influences of internal and external forces on the way humans and other animals walk and run. His group developed the force sensing treadmill and they have generated novel insight into many of the factors important to ultra runners, especially the biomechanics, energetics, and neural control of walking and running. He joined us from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Kram’s work has spanned many years and several topics of interest to ultra runners. Here are the papers I asked him about; click on the PubMed ID (PMID) links to be taken to the abstract page for that research article. If you’re not familiar with PubMed, you can watch my short tutorial.
- The role of elastic energy storage and recovery in downhill and uphill running. PMID: 22675189
- Altered Running Economy Directly Translates to Altered Distance-Running Performance. PMID: 27327023
- A test of the metabolic cost of cushioning hypothesis during unshod and shod running. PMID: 24441213
Walking vs running
- Applying the cost of generating force hypothesis to uphill running. PMID: 25083347
- Energetics of vertical kilometer foot races; is steeper cheaper? PMID: 26607247
- Mechanical work for step-to-step transitions is a major determinant of the metabolic cost of human walking. PMID: 12409498
- Muscle contributions to propulsion and braking during walking and running: insight from external force perturbations. PMID: 25096545
- Modulation of leg muscle function in response to altered demand for body support and forward propulsion during walking. PMID: 19249784
- Activity and functions of the human gluteal muscles in walking, running, sprinting, and climbing. PMID: 24218079