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Dr. Ken Sparks

Exercise Physiologist

PH. D Cleveland State University

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PH. D Cleveland State University

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Employment History

Associate Professor

Cleveland State University


WellCorp , Inc.


Bachelor of Science

Ball State University

Doctor of Philosophy degree

Indiana University

Master of Science degrees

Ball State University


Dept of Exercise Physiology

Cleveland State University

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According to Ken Sparks, PH. D Cleveland State University exercise physiologist says it's less pounding on the legs of a treadmill that road, if you are less prone to injury. Running on concrete and asphalt is hard on the joints. He also stressed that work on the road you overpronate force. That's when theFeet turn too far inward shins causing splits and other leg problems.

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According to Ken Sparks, PH. D exercise physiologist at Cleveland State University says there is less pounding on the legs from a treadmill than the pavement so you are less prone to injuries. Running on concrete and asphalt is hard on the joints. He also points out that slopes on the road force you to overpronate.

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Ken Sparks, a 53-year-old age-group champion from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with credentials in every event from the 800 meters to the marathon, is cooling his pace these days. Not in training--he stills burns his tempo runs at better than 6 minutes per mile. But Sparks is modulating his approach to performance. He's taking the long view, racing less, working with weights to prevent injury, knowing that running alone won't address his one percent per year loss of muscle mass.

And he's literally smelling the flowers for stress relief. "At least once a week," said Sparks, an exercise physiologist, "I like to go for a walk in a Cleveland park. I'll stop and toss pebbles into the river. It's very relaxing. While he can still knock out a 4:35 mile and 2:35 marathon, Sparks is less consumed with his race times while seeking broader fitness--a sense of total well-being to make him feel youthful, confident and provide the energy to tackle his busy day.
"You reach a point where you're not going to set PRs anymore," said Sparks, who still has goals but races selectively.
Sparks relies on tempo training to make him race-ready and finds the added bonus of improving his form. "The fast pace makes me a more efficient runner," he says.
"It enables me to maintain my posture in running so I don't fatigue," Sparks said. "Too many older runners neglect this."
But Sparks doesn't neglect his legs. In treadmill tests, he's found his turnover--how fast he can move his legs in running--has slowed. To compensate, he does leg presses in the weight room. "To work on my fast-twitch muscle fiber," he says.

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