Biomechanical Comparison of Underwater Treadmill Running and Land Treadmill Running
The proposed research project aims to understand and quantify the biomechanical factors of running on an underwater treadmill, as compared to running on a land treadmill. By understanding the vertical ground reactive forces and order of muscle recruitment at various speeds, resistance and levels of buoyancy, practitioners in the field of sports medicine can effectively use the technology to enhance the management of athletic injuries. Fortius Institute, Inc. will benefit from this partnership by gaining an evidence-based protocol that can be used by the organization as a revenue-generating service. Fortius will also benefit by establishing a partnership with the University of British Columbia, and specifically the Department of Experimental Medicine.