RUN TECHNIQUE ANALYSIS @ THE INJURY CLINIC PHYSIOTHERAPY

A running analysis provides detailed and accurate information about your running technique & efficiency.

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WHY HAVE YOUR TECHNIQUE ANALYSED?

Many of us don’t ‘learn to run’, it is a motor skill we take for granted. Running is a complex task that is influenced greatly by individual biomechanics. It is a repetitive task that results in significant loading of our tissues. If not performed well, tissues can be loaded adversely, resulting in injury.

There are many aspects of running technique that when altered, result in a change in tissue loading, and have the potential to optimise performance. These may include (but not limited to): cadence, step length, step width, foot strike, arm swing, trunk & pelvic position.

The changes made to running technique are dependent on individual biomechanics, injury, running load, goals etc.

Any alterations made to running technique must be made with caution, as even subtle changes will result in a change to tissue loading profile.

i.e. Changing from a RFS to a NRFS will reduce loading through the knee joint and may be beneficial in the management of patella-femoral pain, but will increase the load through tissues of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Therefore, if changes are not implemented carefully, gradually and for the right reasons, risk of injury may increase.

WHAT TO EXPECT…

At The Injury Clinic Geelong our high speed running technique analysis provides a detailed and accurate assessment of your running technique and efficiency.

 

This information can be used to:

  • Assist in injury management and prevention
  • Improve efficiency and performance
  • Generate a targeted strength & conditioning program to assist with either injury management or performance enhancement

 

Footage is captured with a portable high speed camera that is capable of filming up to 600fps. Portability enables filming to be done outdoors and in an environment specific to the individual.

OVER GROUND VERSUS TREADMILL RUNNING

Gait analysis is typically performed indoors on a treadmill. Gait analysis at The Injury Clinic Physiotherapy is performed outdoors and video footage is captured of over ground running.

Research has shown that biomechanics vary when comparing treadmill to over ground running. Clinicians at The Injury Clinic believe that for an accurate assessment of running biomechanics, the analysis must be performed in an environment specific to that in which you run.

Analysing running outdoors over ground ensures that we obtain an accurate view of our clients running technique in order to implement the most appropriate management strategies to improve their running performance and prevent future injury.

HOW IT WORKS…

STEP #1: Running Specific Musculoskeletal Screening

Performing a musculoskeletal analysis prior to an analysis of high speed footage enables us to not only identify deficiencies in technique, but determine why it is occurring and if it is likely to be effecting performance.

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Location: The Injury Clinic

 

Screening includes assessment of:

  • Strength (Power Track Testing)
  • Mobility (Joint Range / Muscle Length)
  • Muscle Activation
  • Motor Control

 

STEP #2: Running Footage

  • Duration: 45 min – 1 hour
  • Location: Landy Field

 

Video footage will be taken from different angles; at different speeds; in bare feet and in shoes.

You may be given cues to alter or change your technique so comparisons can be made.

 

STEP #3: Video Analysis

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Location: The Injury Clinic

 

Footage is played back at the clinic and results of your running analysis are discussed and explained. You will be given advice regarding any necessary technique modifications and appropriate cues to achieve this. You may be recommended to engage in a strength and conditioning program to address any deficits identified in either your screening or technique analysis (or both). You may also be shown muscle activation exercises to assist with improving motor patterning and compliment any alterations to your running technique.

* Recommendations and follow-up will vary dependent on analysis findings and individual goals / aims.

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