This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions running, leg injuries
Treatments strengthening, balance training, stretching
Sponsor University of Calgary
Collaborator Biomechanigg Research Ltd.
Start date February 2014
End date December 2015
Trial size 120 participants
Trial identifier NCT01900262, RRI2014


The purpose of this study is to understand the effects of muscle strengthening and balance exercise interventions on muscle strength, running mechanics and postural control in novice recreational runners. Participants will be assessed before and after they engage in an 8-week exercise intervention program.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Novice recreational runners from the Calgary area.
Participants will be asked to complete 8 weeks of isolated ankle strengthening at home.
Novice recreational runners from the Calgary area.
balance training
Participants will be asked to compete 8 weeks of functional balance training at home.
Novice recreational runners from the Calgary area.
Participants will be asked to complete a standard of practice static and dynamic stretching warm-up for 8 weeks at home.

Primary Outcomes

Change in Strength
time frame: Week 0, Week 8
Change in Running Mechanics
time frame: Week 0, Week 8
Change in Postural Control
time frame: Week 0, Week 8

Secondary Outcomes

Cumulative Running Related Injuries
time frame: Week 0 through Week 24

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 50 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Novice recreational runners - Less than one year of running experience - Run at least twice a week for a total weekly distance between 5 and 15 km as your main form of physical activity - 18-50 years of age Exclusion Criteria: - Neurological abnormalities or lower extremity injury or pain within three months of enrollment. - No extensive history with balance training or isolated ankle strengthening within the last year.

Additional Information

Official title The Effects of Isolated Strengthening and Functional Training on Strength, Running Mechanics, Postural Control and Injury Prevention in Novice Runners
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Calgary.