Running assessment is a service provided by experienced physiotherapists as part of a training or treatment plan. It involves the assessment of technique and fitness levels to gauge performance.
Running assessment, also known as gait analysis, allows experts to identify areas that are predisposed to injury, or experiencing pain during exercise. Part of the process is to identify the unique athletic goals of each individual, and provide the specific resources you require to perform at your peak.
Running assessment identifies how an athlete runs, where an individual lacks control of movement, and what they can do to improve their technique and prevent injury. Running assessments are not just for professional athletes – we cater for runners engaged in the sport at any level.
Interested in an assessment?
Our physiotherapists are highly experienced in running technique assessment, and the impact of running technique on the body. Our approach to running assessment involves detailed video analysis that enables us to provide detailed insights into your running. Video analysis helps us visualise and understand areas of imbalance, poor technique and risk of injury.
From this video, your physiotherapist is able to perform specific isolated tests to further investigate potential areas of weakness, tightness or overload. A gait analysis is an effective way to sustain an active lifestyle, while treating imbalances and optimising performance. When a running assessment is employed as part of a holistic treatment approach, it can contribute to:
- Improved understanding of body mechanics and gait.
- Enhanced rehabilitation response throughout injury.
- Promoting areas of strength and identifying weakness to tailor improvement.
- Prevention of future pain in areas predisposed to injury.
Our experts can prepare programs tailored to the requirements of occasional runners, professional athletes and every level in between. We believe that effective running assessments are specific to your fitness goals, and aligned with your individual exercise routine.
What should I expect during my consultation?
Upon consultation, our detailed assessment focuses on both the reasons for your injury and symptoms, as well as specific areas for improvement.
Your running technique can influence your efficiency, speed and endurance, and can also be responsible for a raft of injuries – our use of video analysis helps us show you how you run.
Your running video offers a simple visual explanation in regard to specific areas for improvement and will help you understand the impact of your injury in relation to your running. We can then use the areas of identified weakness to conduct specific testing in isolation, identifying potential muscle tension, weakness or dysfunction in a joint or other soft tissue.
This allows us to create a specific and fine-tuned plan to help improve running technique and minimise the risk of injury.
Our running assessments are often utilised as part of an injury rehabilitation plan, however a running assessment is also a valuable tool to help you enhance performance and remain injury free. Onsite gyms, showers and change rooms ensure that you can head home or straight to work after completing your consultation.
Running assessment is effective due to its tailored approach that caters to your body and movement. Each runner is different, with variances in cadence, gait and speed.
Running is a complex and dynamic activity that places significant stress on the body. A specific assessment of your biomechanics whilst running can provide invaluable information about the cause of your symptoms, and provide explanations for your pain.
In addition to aiding rehabilitation, running assessment is an opportunity for an expert to analyse your technique and provide recommendations that help your overall strength and pacing.
Breaking down overall movement through specific tests that isolate each muscle allows us to better create a unique program. Through a process of close consultation, we address movement patterns and develop a strength program to get you back on the track sooner. Through gradual changes to technique we can indirectly improve the efficiency of your running.
Based on the findings, your physiotherapist is then able to devise a specific treatment plan with a focus on mobility, flexibility, strength, technique, endurance and advise on appropriate running programs.
Running injuries as a result of overuse, strain or improper technique are all too common. Injuries of this kind require expert analysis and rehabilitation for a speedy recovery and return to running.
Running assessments are an effective treatment for a range of common running injuries and pain points. Assessment is suitable when addressing a wide range of conditions that cause pain or discomfort. Including:
- Runner’s knee
- Overuse injuries (ITB, hip pain, buttock pain)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Repetitive muscular ‘tightness’ (calves and glutes)
- Joint or ligament strains
At Pure Physio, our experts conduct a comprehensive assessment to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for you, to help you get back to your best, quickly.
While you don’t need to be an athlete to receive a running assessment, we will need to diagnose your injury to determine the best treatment for you. Each treatment plan we create at Pure Physio is unique to your needs and requirements. It may contain a combination of treatment including hands on and exercised based treatment in conjunction with a running assessment to assist with recovery.
Our technique analysis and insights allow us to provide exercises to improve your ongoing performance, and aid in potential future recovery.
For example, strengthening an individual’s core muscles can decrease excessive trunk rotation and create a better base of support. This enables the muscles around the hips, knees and ankles to work to their optimal capacity, thus creating a follow-on effect to greater running efficiency through improved form.
Your clothing should not restrict your movement. We recommend bringing your usual running shoes and a towel with you to your session. If you are injured, any X-rays or medical documentation should also be shared with your physio.
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