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07-08-2008, 04:46 PM
I have just finished 3rd year at university. We had a module entitled
"Observational Gait Analysis" and I have a few questions which I have not
been able to resolve searching on Pubmed, Sportdiscus or CINAHL.

We had been taught that the toes pointing toward each other was supination,
and pointing away from each other was pronation. We were also taught that
this excessive pronation was the result of a tight piriformis, as this
muscle controls external rotation of the leg. I have not been able to find
support for this anywhere. Can anybody offer some info on this please?

In relation to sports performance: The same lecturer had also taught that
supinated athletes will sprint faster than pronated athletes, which is why a
pigeon would win a race with a duck.

If anybody can shed some light on this, I would be happy to post a summary
of replies.
Dan Arbraz
3rd year student, University of Bedfordshire