Whilst running is essentially just putting one foot in front of the other, continuously and at pace, there is more to running well than you may think.
Gait Analysis, in clinic, by a physiotherapist consists of you running on the treadmill (at easy pace initially), under the observation of your physio and a recording device
Gait Analysis is an invaluable tool to give you a better insight to your running gait, biomechanics & style. Gait Analysis will empower you to get the right support and training for you to be the best runner you can be.
Gait analysis can be used as part of your return to running plan after injury; for beginners wanting some extra guidance; or to improve performance and efficiency in more experienced runners.
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You will be filmed in 3 directions, each of which then will be put into slow-motion and broken-down into the phases of running.
This allows your physio to analyse and explain to you how each part of your body moves and reacts when running - from foot-strike to push-off, from foot-placement to arm-swing.
From this breakdown your physio will quickly be able to identify any potential muscles imbalances or movement problems that may be holding you back from progressing your running, or contributing to recurring injuries or niggles.
You can then work with the physio to correct these issues - be that through corrective exercises, running specific drills or footwear modification.