Tuesday, April 25, 2017

quick share: the IT band and elastic energy storage

It's a weird piece of meat, a sort of connective tissue with muscles attached.  If you're a runner it may have at some point caused you grief, and you might have then rolled it out with a large and overpriced foam cylinder.

The paper below presents some of the first good evidence that the IT band stores and returns elastic energy during running- like the Achilles tendon-- increasing efficiency.  These things didn't evolve for walking alone, folks.

Paper here:

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