What could be more simple than running? We know how to do it instinctively by the time we are two years old. Hundreds of people go for runs every single day without knowing the first thing about their running gait. However, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider having a professional video gait analysis. I will do my best to keep it simple but please feel free to ask clarifying questions!
If you want to start running more to train for a long distance.
Every time a runner’s foot hits the ground, an impact is generated. This is called a “ground reaction force” and this force can be up to 3 times the runners body weight. This means for a 150 pound person, 450 pounds of force are hitting their legs.
Add to that the fact that the average runner takes approximately 170 steps per minute. Over the course of a 30 minute run, that’s 5,100 steps.
You can see how if that hypothetical runner had a small biomechanical error, it could really be magnified by the number of times they are replicating that error under large amounts of force. If you are contemplating training for a half marathon or full marathon, it would be wise to address any small errors before they become a big pain.
If you can’t quite seem to shake a familiar, nagging, ache.
I am going to go after a low-hanging fruit with this one. Raise your hand if you are a runner who has ever said the words “I have a tight IT band”. In another post (or in the clinic!) we can go over why an IT band can’t actually be tight, but it is a very real feeling that is almost always secondary to a biomechanical issue that can be fixed. If you have a particular body part that always “feels tight”, a video gait analysis can shine light on why that is.
If you got an overuse injury and want to prevent it from happening again.
There are common gait patterns that make an individual more likely to sustain a certain type of injury. I have been trained in how to recognize those patterns on video and could help identify them for you. We can work together on corrective exercises that can prevent you from becoming injured again as you build your mileage back up.
If you’d like to get a little faster.
In science, the definition of efficiency is: the ratio of work performed to energy taken in. Running is work that uses our body’s energy. Running can be done efficiently or inefficiently. You may already be aware of some things that make a runner less efficient. Things like rotating their arms too much across their body while running. Or wearing really baggy, heavy clothes that create lots of drag. There are also some gait patterns that are inefficient and might be slowing you down.
If any of these pique your interest, feel free to reach out with questions or schedule a video gait analysis today!