Return to Running with Run Analysis

What is run analysis?

Run analysis is a method of watching your running mechanics on a treadmill using specific markers placed on the body. Using slow motion video capture settings, we can closely analyze your running technique, looking for deviations from statistical “ideal” running form and comparing values to athletes at the highest level. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or just wanting to optimize mechanics to improve efficiency and speed, we have the knowledge and expertise to help achieve your goals.

Many people ask what “style” of running is best? When comparing heel strikers, forefoot runners, and midfoot runners, the research shows that it depends on the person and type of injury history they have to determine which technique is best. If a person is prone to Achilles tendinitis, then forefoot striking could exacerbate that due to increased loading at the ankle. If a person is prone to hip and knee joint related issues, heel striking could be problematic.

A few metrics we use to assess gait include cadence (the number of steps per minute), knee window (the amount of space between your legs as you take a step), foot strike pattern (mid/fore/rear foot), knee flexion angle during heel strike, and knee flexion angle during swing, just to name a few.

Physical Therapy can help alleviate discomfort and correct injuries caused by running through individualized strength training, manual mobilization to release shortened muscles and tendons, flexibility exercises, education regarding proper footwear and orthotics, and biofeedback.

The best way to create lasting change and return to pain free running is through optimization of running mechanics. We believe the best way to optimize mechanics is through run analysis.

Less loading forces = less work = better performance