RUNNING ANALYSIS AT THE INJURY CLINIC

RUN TECHNIQUE ANALYSIS

If you’ve had trouble with a running-related injury; recurrent “niggles”; poor tolerance to load increases or would like to improve your performance, a running analysis is absolutely worth considering.

At The Injury Clinic we have physiotherapists who specialise in run analysis & running-related injuries; and a strength coach with a special interest in run strength and biomechanics. 

The team at The Injury Clinic are passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to keeping you running, reaching your goals and staying injury-free.

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, and it results in significant loading of our tissues. If not performed well, running can load tissues adversely, and increase our risk of injury. 

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

Changes made to running technique must be dependent on individual biomechanics, injury (current or past history), running load, goals etc. Any alterations 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 patello-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 FROM A RUN ANALYSIS AT THE INJURY CLINIC

Running Technique Analysis at The Injury Clinic provides a detailed and accurate assessment of your running technique. Not much can go unnoticed with our slow motion footage capture. 

We capture footage with a portable high speed camera that is capable of filming up to 600fps. We do it outside, overground, in an environment specific to that in which you run. 

If you’re experiencing a running injury that occurs only when fatigued, or at a certain pace, we will take this into consideration and ensure the context in which footage is captured reflects the specifics of your injury.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP #1: Footage Capture

  • Duration: 40min
  • Location: Landy Field 

Video footage will be taken from different angles; at different speeds; in different shoes (if appropriate)

You may be given cues to alter or change your technique so comparisons can be made, and any recommendations that may be given are both appropriate and achievable. 

 

STEP #2: Running Footage Analysis

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Location: The Injury Clinic

Footage is played back at the clinic and the results of your running analysis are discussed and explained. You will receive recommendations based on your injury or performance goals, and any significant findings evident in your run analysis.

Recommendations may include: Trialling of a run cue to change your loading profile; Footwear advice; Strength training etc.

OVERGROUND VS TREADMILL RUNNING

There are more and more options available when considering having your run technique looked at. Most commonly, running technique is looked at on a treadmill. We often do this as part of a physiotherapy consultation at the clinic, and it can give a valuable insight into potential contributors to a running injury. 

However, sometimes this isn’t enough. We can always be more confident in the information we gather from an environment that is specific to the runner i.e. overground. 

Making time to complete a comprehensive running analysis not only enables us to capture footage overground, but in a context that is specific to the client. We may need them to run to a point of fatigue prior to the analysis, we may need to manipulate speed, distance run etc.

Research has shown that biomechanics do vary when comparing treadmill to overground running. We 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.

Van Hooren et al. 2019

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Our ‘Run Technique Analysis’ is certainly not just for high performance athletes, it’s for anyone who runs. If you feel this is something that you are interested in or would like more information on, we encourage you to contact the clinic on (03) 5229 3911 or email us info@theinjuryclinic.com.au