Ever have a nagging running injury that always comes back whenever you push above a certain mileage?
Ever wonder if there are small tweaks you could make to your stride that would allow you to run even faster and farther?
These and many other common questions for runners can all be answered in the “Running Analysis” we provide at our clinic.
What exactly is a Running Stride Analysis?
We utilize high speed cameras to analyze your running form in slow motion, and discover anything that could be leading to current or future injury, or hindering your efficiency and performance.
Our technology allows us to draw and track exact angles at all joints of the lower body, and then show you the components of your form that are good as well as those where improvement is needed.
Being able to see yourself run (in slow motion) from different angles will allow you as a runner to understand where problems may be occurring, and more easily make subtle changes to your form. The running analysis is not only aimed at preventing/helping injury, but also at improving efficiency and performance. We have many high-level runners do a running analysis to see specifically how they can optimize their performance.
What can I expect during my running analysis?
The running analysis takes 45-60 minutes and begins with a complete review of running history, injuries, and shoe wear. It is critical for us to have a complete history of your running injuries because that will allow us to better understand your current injury if you have one.
We will then apply reflective tape to your joints and take multiple recordings of your stride from different angles. The recordings will then be placed on our large TV monitor and your therapist will analyze the various recordings with you and explain everything he/she sees.
From this analysis, you will be taught any changes that might be necessary to avoid injury or improve your efficiency and ability to hit PRs and meet your running goals. Watch the video below for details on what to expect in your running analysis.
Will have I access to my analysis?
Absolutely. You will receive a detailed video format of the analysis in mp.4 format that you can access at anytime. You will also receive a written analysis from the video and a detailed exercise program to address any problems or inefficiencies that were observed in the stride analysis.
What should I wear to the run analysis?
Please wear running shorts and shirt. Also, bring in your primary running shoes so we can assess whether or not they are supporting you ideally, and are the best fit for your feet and running style. If you rotate between two shoes please bring in both. If you have arch supports or orthotics, please bring them in as well so we can take a look at them.
Here’s what some runners have said about their running analysis experience…
My name is Mike and I’ve been a runner for the past 10-15 years. Most of my time has been spent on the trails of Lady Bird Lake and doing fun runs all over town. When I started my marathon training a few months ago, I transitioned from the forgiving surface of the trails, to the hard surfaces of concrete and asphalt of downtown Austin. It was only a matter of time before the aches and pains started to accumulate. I joined a local running group that Carter Physiotherapy was sponsoring and I had heard Jared and Ben speak at one of our meet and greets. At that time, I wasn’t in any need of extra care, but I’m glad I had listened to what they said and remembered their name.
About half way through my training, when the distances had started to increase, I ran into my first real pain. I had a really sore muscle on the inside of my calf that made it very hard to run. In fact, on one of my weekday runs, I had to stop and walk back to the truck because it hurt so bad. That’s when I remembered Carter PT. After meeting with Ben, we decided to do a run analysis to see if there was anything in my running form that may have been causing the calf pain. Ben had me run both barefoot, and in my running shoes to see if he could see any rolling of my feet, or how my knee was bending when my feet hit the ground, if my hips were level, and a myriad of other things.
After running on the treadmill, we sat down and he showed me slide by slide everything that I was doing really well, along with the things that I could try and change to possibly help erase some of the pain that kept coming back. Luckily there weren’t too many problems with my form and the things that Ben suggested I work on have helped me tremendously. I only have a few more weeks before my training is done, and the leg pain that once almost sidelined me has gone away.
Had it not been for Ben’s run analysis, care, and attention, I most certainly would not have been able to continue on with the marathon training and meeting my goals. If anyone out there is experiencing any kind of pain, or is just curious to see if there is anything that can improve their running, I recommend letting Ben take a look. It is well worth your time.
I had an amazing experience with Dr. Ben Shook. I saw him to get a video running analysis. I am 38 and very active. In college as a hobby, I ran. Then graduate school, career and family became my priorities, and exercise took a backseat. About a year and a half ago, I started running again around Austin. It was a tough start just getting my endurance up and getting adjusted to the heat…and dealing with shin splints. Once I was able to run several miles and recovered from the shin splints with ice, stretching and resting, I was getting awful pain in my right knee and left ankle. I was about to give up on running, but then I found Ben.
He did a video run analysis on me, and discussed the results right after the analysis. He noticed that I was striking the ground without enough knee flexion and now that it has been corrected, the pain is gone.
Honestly, I am somewhat self-conscious and couldn’t stand the idea of someone videoing and analyzing me. Ben made the experience very comfortable and established the objective to help me improve my running posture to eliminate the pain. I highly recommend Ben for run analysis, hands on physical therapy and dry needling.
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