GAIT ANALYSIS


Ken Bryson

Ken Bryson


Gait Analysis is a surefire way to reach your PB

GAIT ANALYSIS

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Do you want to run faster? Our gait analysis uses our high speed (100 frames per second) low distortion camera to video your running from the side, front and back and sensors to measure some key elements of your running.

We use Dartfish software to analyse your running by measuring various joint angles during the stance and swing phase of running. With all this information we can identify the key areas which are holding you back and propose a series of drills and exercises to improve your running speed and economy. Some of the key areas we are looking at are

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Using software to take measurements at multiple points

Ground contact time

  • The less time you spend with your foot on the ground the faster you will run

Ground contact point

  • If you land on your heel and with your shin pointing backwards (negative shin angle) then every time you land you increase the transient loads in your leg and you put the brakes on just a little, slowing you down.

Cadence

  • If you run with a low cadence then it is possible that you are overstriding, landing with a negative shin angle and increasing your ground contact time.

Vertical Oscillation

  • If you lack hip flexibility it is likely that when you push off the ground you push up rather than forward. This will show up as excessive vertical oscillation.

Pelvis position

  • If you run with your pelvis tilted back then you are putting extra strain on your hamstrings and glutes and limiting the amount of forward knee drive you can achieve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heel strike in runners 

There is no “one size fits all” answer to running form, we have all seen champion runners who run with what looks like questionable form, but most runners will get faster by increasing their cadence. It is not a case of just turning your legs over faster, we need to reduce your ground contact time and improve your posture to make you as efficient and fast as possible.

If we combine gait analysis with VO2Max testing then we can monitor your oxygen consumption and therefore economy at each speed and we can see how your economy improves with time allowing you to run faster or for longer.