29 Nov '11, 11am

Race Walking — An Olympic sport explained

Race Walking — An Olympic sport explained

Race walking can be a good cross training alternative for runners as slightly different and complementary muscle groups are used between the two. The quadriceps, the large group of muscles in the front of the thigh, is made up of two main parts, the larger one on the outer lateral side (away from the midline) and the smaller on the inner medial side (nearer the midline). Running develops the lateral part more than the medial one, causing the kneecap to track more laterally in the inter-­condylar groove, resulting in excessive wear and tear. Race walking, on the other hand, in having to straighten the knee as required by its rule, develops the medial part, the Vastus Medialis, more than the lateral one, thus counteracting the lateral pull in running and helping the kneecap to track more centrally in the inter-­condylar groove, thereby minimizing wear and tear.

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