Step 1 Evaluation & Running Assessment
Our Running Analysis includes a thorough review of your training history followed by a comprehensive running specific assessment which includes the measurement of your strength, flexibility, alignment and movement capacity.
The aim is not to position your foot, knee, hip, or leg in “perfect” or “neutral” alignment because science has proven that this does not exist. Gait analysis, performed by an experienced and knowledgeable clinician, will highlight areas of joint and muscle imbalance. E.g. where one muscle group is working harder than its’ antagonist in-order to compensate for a muscle weakness which has resulted from misalignment of a joint. This is important because the imbalance of stress within a joint and between muscles is the reason for injury and/or poor recovery from injury.
Foot strike is very important. Any changes in the part of your foot that strikes the ground first (e.g. striking with the heel, midfoot, or forefoot), will alter the position of the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, and therefore change the pattern of muscle activity around each of these joints through-out the gait cycle, due to the change it creates in the angle of the Ground Reaction Force.
We work with you to assess how you are loading the foot; on heel strike, foot roll-over, and push-off phase of gait. In order to achieve this, we must assess alignment and joint/muscle function around the knee, hip, and pelvis too.
Our running assessment is a comprehensive analysis of how all the main joints are positioned and functioning.