Cadence (gait)

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Cadence in sports involving running is the total number of full cycles taken within a given period of time, often expressed in steps or cycles per minute. It is used as a measure of athletic performance.

It is similar to cadence in cycling; however, it is often overlooked in its importance in the sports of running and racewalking[according to whom?]. This discrepancy may be attributable to other factors of importance in running, including stride length, technique, and other elements pertaining to biomechanical efficiency.[1]

Note that in other sports such as weightlifting or bodybuilding, cadence can refer to the speed or time taken to complete a single lift, rather than how many repetitions of a lift are completed.

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  1. ^ [1] Archived February 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine