Running Analysis

Running analysis, or gait analysis, is the systematic study of locomotion and the measuring of body movements, body mechanics, and the activity of the muscles in order to identify abnormalities and optimize and improve body movement in order to avoid injury.

 

The ability to move efficiently is important in avoiding injuries. If biomechanical problems are present the body must find ways to compensate which leads to biomechanical abnormalities. Biomechanical problems are usually caused by muscular imbalances such as tight muscles working against weak muscles, although they can sometimes be caused by structural problems, such as leg length discrepancies resulting in hip hiking.

 

What does gait analysis involve?

 

Gait analysis involves walking or running on a treadmill. We will watch the way that you move, looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips. You are filmed from various angles so that you have visual feedback of your running technique. Your therapist will analysis the various phases of your running gait to determine any areas of deficiencies and inefficiencies that may need to be addressed.

 

Many injuries are often caused by poor biomechanics. Walkers, runners and athletes whose sports require a high level of running and jumping should make sure they have had a gait analysis to correct or avoid any problems and they should also buy the correct footwear to avoid future overuse injuries.