Running is an increasingly popular activity that a wide range of people participate in. Whether you run for fun or if you run competitively, it is always good to know how you could improve.
I thought it would be a good idea to go through the ins and outs of what our biomechanical running analysis is and how it can benefit you.
What is a Biomechanical running analysis?
A very good question… Well, as a therapist myself, I have noticed running-related injuries have become a lot more common over the past few years. There are a lot of risk factors involved in running that the majority of runners probably don’t really know about.
During a biomechanical running analysis, your gait cycle will be assessed using all the top notch tech. The gait cycle will show your running kinematics, how long your strides are, your foot stroke transition and your step rates and width. Basically, it show’s your running technique in a lot of detail.
Once your running technique has been established, the therapist can then create an intervention programme based on the results to help improve your running technique and reduce all the risk factors.
What are the risk factors?
Running may seem like a harmless hobby, but there are quite a few risk factors that can be associated with running injuries that you may not know about. Some of the most common risk factors include:
- Running on hard surfaces such as tarmac or concrete
- Previous injuries
- Poor hip, knee or foot biomechanics
- A rapid increase in training intensity
If you don’t take risk factors into account then you are more likely to incur injuries such as sprains, strains and plantar fasciitis.
A biomechanical running analysis enables you to adapt or change poor or ineffective running techniques to prevent risk factors such as the above from causing any damage!
So why should I have a biomechanical running analysis?
Again, another good question! The benefits of a biomechanical running analysis can be huge, especially if you are a keen runner.
A few benefits that our therapists can help you achieve through the analysis include:
- New and improved running technique
- Improved performance whilst running
- Less aches and pains from running
- Most importantly, Reduced risk of injury!
This service is becoming increasingly popular due to the amazing benefits that it can help you achieve. We are able to identify injury risk factors, recognise areas lacking in strength and motor control and analyse your joint kinematics all through this one service!
Now surely that’s not something worth letting run by…