Running Form Analysis
is simply the observation of how a person runs using video technology. Recording your running stride allows us to expertly examine you in slow motion and discuss actual movements and mechanical stresses occurring that affects your running.
This opportunity to objectively measure corrections and improvements in motor patterns can lead to quicker injury recovery and optimal sport performance. The information shown, especially in slow motion running, often creates the foundation of an exciting new process of training and athletic accomplishment.
Many of the chronic/recurrent pains we get with running and some of the acute injuries can resolve quickly with a few minor adjustments to our techniques combined with intelligent training choices during the healing process.
Physical Therapy for Runners: What to expect
- Full body strength, balance, and symmetry assessment and comprehensive movement assessment; posture, running form analysis
- Training and Education based approach (not the more common Isolate and Treat approach) with the goal of permanent skill acquisition
- Eliminate Pain and increase Efficiency, Satisfaction and Enjoyment of your running
- Create a healthy, strong, durable running body
The way I work with you is to correct everything that is related to the quality of your running. My approach goes beyond a ready made blueprint of proper mechanics, and makes a full assessment of your posture, movement skills, training, muscle balance, and injury history. I’m looking for the “Root Cause” of your pain or injury. I also address what elements are missing or need improvement, and what innate strengths you have available that will help you learn, improve, heal, and perform at a more functional and higher level.
What does this include?
Our running form analysis offers you 2 personalized treadmill sessions, wide-angle, slow-motion digital videography and sophisticated Sport Motion analysis software. A complete analysis covers the following aspects of your running experience:
- Running injury and training history.
- Anatomical design and current running shoe analysis.
- Functional biomechanical run testing.
- Digital videography of standing, walking (barefoot and shoes), and running (shoes and barefoot).
- Effective programming for gait correction, retraining, and recovery.
The various aspects of this process may also be used on their own during any phase of treatment and training. Ongoing re-evaluation of the runner’s progress can easily be accomplished with continued access to our treadmill and video analysis.
How will this Affect my Running?
The running form analysis provides both client and clinician the immediate resources to identify and correct problems related to walking and/or running. Slow-motion stride analysis allows for in depth observation of overall body mechanics and ultimately facilitates performance enhancement.
Dr. Stefani’s unique blend of coaching experience and clinical care has been especially effective in addressing cases of chronic re-injury and movement restriction that seem to persist past previous treatment periods and running programs. As a result of learning proper running form and receiving appropriate running programs, you can experience renewed excitement in training and progress into your running goals with confidence and ability.
What to Wear:
Please bring your current running shoes and wear athletic clothing of contrasting colors (light colored top with darker shorts or tighter fitting pants and vice versa). Your physical therapist may also ask you to tuck in your shirt to see better movement from the hips and the pelvis during filming.