Overview and Classification of LEOMO Running MPIs
Running is a cycle of repetition of the same movements, but the period of landing with the support legs (the stance phase) is an important part of the repetitive movements. In running, it is thought that only during the single-leg stance phase does one foot support the landing impact and body weight, while at the same time creating propulsion in the forward direction.
LEOMO has developed five new Motion Performance Indicators (MPIs) that isolate specific movements of the running gait. We evaluate “Initial Contact”, “Mid Stance,” and “Toe Off” periods of the standing phase with three MPIs: Strike Angular Range, Heel Pitch, and Recoil Angular Range. Of course, it will also output the familiar metrics such as Landing Pattern and Ground Contact Time (GCT).
On the other hand, it is the swinging motion that is important while in the air (the swing phase). We use a thigh sensor to evaluate the swing of the thigh with a MPI called Thigh Swing Speed. In this way, each of the standing and swing phases is evaluated with multiple MPIs to cover the entire running movement.
An additional MPI known as Smoothness evaluates the entire gait cycle by assessing the overall smoothness of the run regardless of the phase of the run. The commonly understood metric of Vertical Oscillation is also output.
The biggest advantage of LEOMO Run is that it uses these five MPIs and various existing metrics to evaluate your running form in more detail.