The Elche campus of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) has grown harmoniously in 25 years and has become a real lung for the city. With the official opening this week of the V-Running Circuit, the UMH has reinforced the connection of the Elche campus with the municipality and has become a benchmark for sports practice.
The university community and the general public can enjoy this sports venue, which runs 2,395 km from the Elche campus of the University with five different types of surfaces, ranging from albero sand and fine gravel to rubber, artificial grass and concrete.
The Circuit, called Running Variable or Variability Running, is the result of a line of research from the Sports Research Center (CID) of the UMH, in which the motor variability of the runner is analyzed and how this variability or the changes that occur performed on the move are a form of explore, change and facilitate the adaptability of the musculoskeletal system.
When designing this sports venue, the UMH research team focused its efforts on the elaboration of a circuit where the runners would change the surfaces through which they were circulating, since this circumstance causes different forms of support during the journey and different types of impulse in each step. Is enclosure versatility It contributes to the reduction of possible injuries that can be produced by repeated impact and can even prevent the appearance of this type of injury.
What is functional about this sports venue is not that each surface has a particular effect, but the fact that the runners have to change the pavement during the course. In this sense, the researchers of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche they have opted for very hard surfaces such as concrete, which has a high coefficient of restitution; as well as for sections with much lower impacts such as rubber or grass; and even with supports with certain irregularities and changes in the angle of the tread such as gravel or earth. These five surfaces they alternate randomly throughout the V-Running Circuit, so that users find different pavements to which they have to adapt.
This project also has a vocation of transfer, since it is important that the research carried out by the Miguel Hernández University of Elche has an echo in society. A way to transfer the results of the study carried out in the UMH Sports Research Center translates into the design of this Circuit, in which runners, seniors, families and, ultimately, society in general can stroll through the Elche campus, discover its emblematic buildings and enjoy its Mediterranean vegetation.
For the practice of running, it is essential to have an adequate level of physical condition, as well as to warm up and cool down specific to the requirements of this discipline. Along the V-Circuit Running, there are information panels with warm-up exercises that runners can consult during the tour. These guidelines are also found in this web.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.