The Influence of Mid Foot Cleat Placement on Anterior Femoral Muscle Recruitment in Cyclists

Yogev, Assaf and Knight-Maloney , Melissa (2010) The Influence of Mid Foot Cleat Placement on Anterior Femoral Muscle Recruitment in Cyclists. [Abstract]

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This study was designed to compare the traditional Fore-Foot cleat placement in a road cycling shoe with a new Mid-Foot cleat placement theory on vastus laterals recruitment. Eight subjects participated in three trials. The subjects consisted of 7 men, 1 woman (mean age: 22 ±3 years, weight: 150 ±35 lbs, height 69 ±6 in.). All subjects were trained cyclists with a minimum of 1 year road racing experience. All trials were done using a Velotron Cycling Ergometer and an EMG Bio-Pac BSL Pro 3.7 system. The first trial was a GXT to determine maximum wattage and heart rate. For trials experimental two and three the subjects cycled at 60% of their maximum wattage. The experimental trials were randomized with one trial conducted with fore-foot cleat placement, and the other trial being conducted with mid-foot cleat placement. In both trials the subjects were connected with surface electrodes on their vastus laterales muscle to the EMG Bio-Pac BSL Pro 3.7 system, which measured their motor recruitment units (mV). The results indicated a mean decrease of 5mV (P < 0.00063) in vastus lateralis recruitment at the same intensity while using the mid-foot cleat placement. The findings of this study suggest that mid-foot cleat placement could be a more efficient position for the usage of the vastus laterales muscle during a pedal stroke.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 5th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mid Foot Cleat Placement, Anterior Femoral Muscle Recruitment, Cyclists, Fore-foot Cleat Placement, Velotron Cycling Ergometer, EMG Bio-pac Bsl Pro 3.7 System, Bicycles, Cycling, Physical Training & Conditioning, Athletic Ability -- Testing
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Athletic Training
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Exercise Science
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 12:21
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 12:21

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