Running Gait Assessment
Enhance your running performance with a musculoskeletal assessment and video analysis of your running form.
What is a Running Assessment?
Our physical therapists will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your strength, flexibility, and running mechanics to see where things are going wrong in your run. We use a video gait analysis program to identify areas that are prone to breakdown and teach you ways to prevent and treat running injuries. Based on our findings, our team educates you on appropriate techniques and exercises to improve your form and ultimately your running performance.
Why do I need this?
Running is a repetitive activity that involves high levels of impact on the body. The human body can only withstand a certain amount of impact before it starts to break down. This response occurs gradually as the body makes compensations to avoid pain and continue running. These compensations cause muscle imbalances and overuse in other areas of the body. Over time our running form becomes compromised leading to injury and inefficient performance.
In many cases, the answer to all of this may just be a few stretches, some home exercises, the correct shoe wear, or some manual therapy techniques to target the appropriate muscle sequencing and movement patterns specific to running.
Runners of all levels can benefit from a Running Assessment. From the novice runner to the post-partum mom to the high-level endurance athlete, we all want to run pain-free. But figuring out our barriers to performance is the toughest part – and that’s why we are here to help!
What’s included in an Initial Running Assessment?
Runners of all levels and those that are injured or non-injured can benefit from a Running Assessment. A full one-hour Assessment will include:
- Review of your running and fitness history, past injuries, barriers to training, and any future running goals.
- Completion of a functional movement screening aimed at finding any movement, strength, or coordination deficits that may impact your running.
- Perform a video gait analysis of your running form with immediate feedback on improving your form.
- Reassess your running form based on any verbal and tactile cues/feedback given.
- Educate on individualized treatment strategies including form drills, exercises and training plan suggestions based on your Running Assessment.
- Answer any running or fitness questions you have and set goals based on your Running Assessment findings.
How should I prepare for my first visit?
- Wear shorts and a shirt that are comfortable for running. Shorts and a shirt that are in contrasting colors is ideal for filming.
- Wear or bring the running shoes that you wear most frequently that show wear patterns on the bottom from use.
- Bring a short list of past running or sports injuries, past races and running times, and any goals you want us to work towards.