Document Type



Summer 2022

Academic Department

Engineering and Physics

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Kurt DeGoede


It is commonly believed among runners of all skill levels that the surface one runs on, impacts the risk of injury because of the peak force is greater because one surface is “harder” than the other [1 2]. While surface hardness does vary, this study will determine if the footwear of the athlete is enough protection to mitigate these differences. We hypothesize the measured peak force during a simulated shod heel strike will not be significantly different across several common synthetic running surfaces but may be different across alternate shoes.


Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Project (SCARP)



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