Video Gait Analysis for Runners

For runners, the constant joint pain and aching in the lower extremities can derail their training our video gait analysis helps prevent this. This pain can also lead to even more serious injuries. Runners take very safe precautions with their bodies and their routines, and try to make sure that they are doing everything right in order to stay healthy. Despite this, there are still a lot of injuries that runners face, most of them without any explanation. Recently, studies have found that runners might be hurting themselves without them even knowing it. Despite all of the precaution and rigorous training, a runner could be hurting themselves every time they go out on a run.

Running Analysis

Doctors have found that it isn’t running that messes up your feet, but the way you run that can hurt you. According to The Wall Street Journal, most people run awkwardly, by taking too big a stride and landing awkwardly. This constant awkward pounding can cause shin splints, rolled ankles, and other nagging injuries. If gone unchecked, or if the stride is really bad, runners can suffer major injuries to the shins, ankles, and knees. These injuries can cause runners to miss significant time from work, and their sport. Most people don’t even know that they are running wrong, and might not feel the effects of their awkward running until it’s too late. It is important to find out if the stride the runner uses is a safe one for their body.

With Gait Analysis, runners are filmed running on a treadmill for about 20-30 minutes. The film is done in an effort to document how you run and how you can improve your strides in order to have healthy joints.

The process takes just a few steps. The first step is to try to see the flexibility and strength of the joints. This is done with a few exercises and stretches. Next, the runner runs on the treadmill for 20 to 30 minutes. This run is performed in front of one or two cameras. The specialists at JAG Physical Therapy then give an initial diagnosis based on what they see. A more detailed report comes later on. The entire process usually only takes one to two hours and results are very quick.

Video Gait Analysis offered by JAG Physical Therapy

JAG Physical Therapy offers this Gait Analysis to our wonderful clients. It’s a smart way to make sure the technique and movements of each stride is correct. We can help determine if the stride is correct, or what the runner needs to change about it in order to prevent any future injuries. Offering state of the art facilities and equipment, JAG Physical Therapy has the tools to get runners back on track, and to get back to the track.