Alard students participate in national level Olympiad

A new team of students led by Principal of Pharmacy Dr. Sonia Singh qualified to participate in the national level Olympiad which was held in different cities in the country in which Alard students competed successfully with the best.

The Olympiad coincided with a distance running event at the Alard campus. As evidence has mounted that distance running is not just a natural human activity enjoyed by millions, but one that played a key role in evolution. The students participated in the event.

A study out of Alard Institute and Pune’s Running Center at Smart-affiliated Templeton Rehabilitation Hospital provides a puzzle piece, linking injury to the pounding runners’ bones take with each step. The work, led by Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Jane Eckhart, found that a group of runners who had never been hurt landed each footfall more softly than a group who had been injured badly enough to seek medical attention.

Statistics on such injuries vary, but somewhere between 30% and 75% of runners are hurt annually, a number that has led researchers to investigate a wide array of possible explanations, from modern running shoes to stretching, running frequency, weight, bio-mechanical misalignment, and muscle imbalance.

One never injured multi-marathoner’s stride was so smooth, she ran like an insect over water. Weight was not a factor, with heavy runners among the light-footed and lighter runners among the stompers.

Dr. Sonia Singh Principal, Alard College of Pharmacy

Please meet in front of Pharmacy block, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Alard staff will be on hand to collect tickets.

Dr. Sonia Singh’s research focused on heel-strikers exclusively, since they make up most of today’s runners, and examined a cohort seldom studied, partly because they’re pretty rare: those who have never been injured. They investigated the participants’ strides by having them run over a force plate that recorded the impact of each step.

The runners agreed to respond to a monthly online questionnaire that detailed injuries over two years. With the results in, researchers first examined reports from the 144 who experienced a mild injury and the 105 who didn’t, finding little difference between the two large groups.


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