Can Antigravity Running Keep an Injured Athlete Training?

Can Antigravity Running Keep an Injured Athlete Training?

The use of antigravity running devices does open the door to maintaining some training for an injured athlete. Still, limitations start with availability and end with the trade-offs of reduced force.


受伤的运动员必须取得微妙的平衡;他们需要allow their body the time and rest needed for healing同时仍将其置于建立力量和健身所需的压力下。

Antigravity Running Devices

A couple of devices on the market aim to help runners in this regard. The杠杆运动系统在跑步机上跑步时,将不同的弹性带附加到紧身短裤上。它通过创建支撑力来起作用,从跑步机甲板垂直拉起跑步者。这使运动员可以消除多达45磅的体重。

Unlike the LEVER, a temporary device attached to any treadmill,另一个系统是Alterg。这是一个围绕跑步机建造的完全独立的单元。在Alterg中跑步需要穿上一条裙子,该裙子被拉到一个装有运动员腰部的大型气球中,封闭了整个跑步甲板。泵入气球的气压将跑步者从跑步机的甲板上抬起,减轻了体重。

这些设备旨在允许运动员继续运行ning with injury by running at a lower effective body weight. The question for coaches to consider before integrating either of these devices into an athlete’s program is, do they work? Ultimately, does the use of either of these devices allow athletes to exercise in a manner that promotes both injury rehabilitation and improved fitness?

Antigravity Tool Research



Other studies have shown that with the reductions in ground forces, there are related reductions in contact forces on the bones of the lower limbs and decreased contraction forces of the leg muscles up to the glutei. Once again, this makes perfect sense; if you are running with less weight, you need to exert less muscular force to propel yourself forward and sustain less impact forces to your skeleton upon landing.

So the first part of the question has some science to back up the theory. Running with one of these anti-gravity devices will allow you to run while exerting a significantly lower physical toll on your body, thus allowing an injured runner to potentially continue to run.


The most important finding related to fitness and training quality when running in an AlterG is that once you exceed a 20% weight reduction, you start to see a significant decrease in the metabolic needs for running and an increase in the time to exhaustion. Again, this isn’t hard to understand. If you are exerting yourself less because of a lower body weight, you will be metabolically less active and have a longer duration of activity before exhaustion.

Put another way by different authors, when running up to 9mph, a 25% reduction in body weight requires a 3 miles per hour increase in speed to run at the identical VO2 when running at total body weight. Several authors have found that, like increasing running speed, another way to improve training benefits while using weight reduction is to increase the treadmill’s incline, which is possible with both the AlterG and the LEVER.

Are Antigravity Devices Functional Training?


研究这些设备的一种较低的替代品是deep water running。Some decent studies have looked at the benefits of this approach and shown that if done correctly, this activity can confer some real training benefits while exposing the body to essentially zero ground forces and allowing for maximal recovery. In the end, water running is a very viable strategy for the injured runner as it will allow for higher intensity without any stress on the skeleton, tendons or muscles that might be injured.

Both the AlterG and the LEVER Movement device offer anti-gravity options for injured runners to rehabilitate themselves in a manner that allows them to continue running while decreasing stress to their injured selves. The efficacy of that training will be significantly diminished unless they can increase their pace or the incline angle they’re running. Given the injury, these may not be possible. When factoring in the cost and inconvenience of both modalities, deep water running begins to look increasingly more attractive and a much more viable alternative.


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