oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Psychological, kinematic and psychophysical differences between overground and treadmill running

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



In order to simulate overground walking and running, the motordriven treadmill is only used in physiological, kinematic and psychophysical studies of human emotion. Primarily because of the convenience and control that it offers, the treadmill has played an important role in the development of sports science and allied disciplines. However, the results of studies utilising the treadmill can only he extrapolated to overground situations if there are no demonstrable, significant differences between the two modes of locomotion. This paper serves to examine the literature in order to clarify the issues involved for researchers.

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