Graduation Date

Spring 2018

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Young Sub Kwon

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Justus D. Ortega

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Boe M. Burrus

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories



Running economy(RE) is considered to be a critical factor to improve running performance. Stride frequency(SF) is an important variable for determining RE. The importance of SF has gained more attention in recent years, especially for recreational runners. However, no previous research has investigated the interaction between running performance and SF at the velocity of VO2max. PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of five different SF variations on running performance until volitional fatigue at the velocity of VO2max. METHODS: Fourteen male recreational runners (Age = 25.8 ± 4.96 years, Height = 171 ± 6.2cm, Body Mass = 71.9 ± 7.5kg) measured VO2max (54 ± 5.6 ml/kg/min) and preferred stride frequency (PSF; 89.3 ± 4 / min) through a graded exercise test (GXT) and running session, respectively. Running speed was determined based on each individual’s VO2max via the metabolic equation for gross VO2 in metric units by ACSM. Participants ran on the treadmill (0% grade) with five SF conditions (PSF, ±5%, ±10%) until time to exhaustion. Data were analyzed using a one way ANOVA with repeated measures and Tukey HSD post hoc. RESULTS: The total running performance (time, distance), energy expenditures (kcal), and oxygen consumption (VO2) were statistically significant among SF variations (pE) were no statistically significant (p>0.05). CONCLUSION: The SF variations have a significant influence on running performance. The relationship between SF variations and other variables (RER, RR, VE) were possibly related to the central governor theory to delay the onset of fatigue. These results suggest that recreational runners could use a 105% of PSF to improve running performance with the better RE.

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