Runners Needed for Research Study on Downhill Running

May 19, 2023

Effects of Varied Grade and Speed on Downhill Running Muscular Activation, Joint Loading, and Gait Characteristics


To assess muscular activation, joint loading, and gait characteristics of runners at different speeds in level running and various gradients of downhill running.  

You may qualify if you:

  • Are between 18 and 35 years old
  • Run a minimum of 15 miles run per week for the past 2 months
  • Have no history of lower extremity injury which prevented running within the last 2 months
  • Have no chronic musculoskeletal or neurological condition
  • Have not had any reconstruction surgery in the lower extremity


  • Biomechanics Laboratory at Ball State University (HP 309/311)
  • Parking will be available if coming from off campus

What you will be doing:

  • You will be asked to complete one data collection session lasting approximately 1.5-2 hours
  • You will run level and downhill running trials on 4 different gradients at 3 different speeds (6.7, 7.8, 8.9 mph) for
    approximately 60 seconds per trial with ample rest in between each condition
  • All participants who complete the collection will receive a $20 Tango giftcard at the completion of the study

Research Contact Information

Student Co-Investigator
Emma Burns

Principal Investigator
Dr. Clark Dickin
(765) 285-5139

For more information, please contact

Emma Burns

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