During skiing season I find it quite peculiar how people head to the snowy mountains with no preparation or strengthening before hand. I always ask these patients if they would go into a rugby game with no prep at all. The answer is normally NO.

I find a similar thing with running. People will start running and increasing their mileage suddenly without the correct preparation. Truth is… everyone CAN run, but not everyone can run well. In an ideal world (and its one of my hopes for the future of sport) that children will actually have running classes from a young age that is included into their P.E classes. This will be inclusive of all kids, because all kids play and most of play involves running.

I don’t only want people who do athletics as a sport to know HOW to run, it is something everyone should know. And to be honest, it is pretty simple.

If you look at majority of sports, a large percentage of them involve running. To be fair, I only discovered the importance of good running style about 3 years ago, but it has changed my sporting life completely. I know undergo a running assessment every 6-8 months.

When doing a running assessment there are a few different aspects to it:

  1. Strength testing
  2. Flexibility
  3. Functionality
  4. Video analysis – Running on a treadmill

Running assessments are the best way to learn about your running form or diagnose repetitive running pain and /or injuries. It normally includes a comprehensive evaluation of the biomechanics that are vital for running efficiently and injury free.

The video analysis is an extensive dissection of an athletes running style where we focus on foot type, footwear, stability, foot placement, posture, step width and upper body movement.

Which runners should get a running assessment?

Running video gait assessments combines research and clinical knowledge of running gait with a customized analysis of the way that you run. The runners who will benefit from completing an assessment are:
-athletes who have had injuries (especially if they are recurring).
-runners who are looking to fix the source of their injuries and not just treating the symptoms.
-runners who are looking for a prophylactic assessment before increasing their mileage to reach a goal. (first marathon, ultra or trail race)
-runners who want to improve their performance

SO today’s blog is to explain what a running assessment is…

Next we will actually assess and demonstrate an assessment.


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