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How changes in cycling and running cadence affect muscle firing and injury.
By Matt Kraemer PT, ATC, CSCS and Nathan Koch, PT, ATC
There are many different variables in the world of cycling and running perfor- mance, from position on the bike to ideal
foot-strike position while running. One specific
variable at the forefront of performance con-
versation is running and cycling cadence. Ca-
dence can be simply defined as rhythm. Some
of us are born with rhythm, some have the abil-
ity to learn rhythm and, well, others seem to
continue to flop around like fish out of water.
Depending on who you ask or what you read,
there are different opinions on the optimal
cadence to strive for in cycling and running.
Understanding what’s happening within the
athlete’s body and how it functions at differ-
ent cadences is critical to determining what is
best for a specific athlete.