Running Performance Analysis
Learn to run faster, longer and with less pain by working with our Certified Running Technique Specialist.
Our Running Technique Specialist is Certified through the Pose Method of teaching running and has years of experience working with runners on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sport-specific strength training as a Licensed Athletic Trainer. The skill of running is not only its own sport but is also involved in nearly every other sport. Tennis players will run an average of 3 miles per match, soccer players, up to 7 miles per game, and some baseball players will run up to 6 miles per game. Every athlete should have the opportunity to understand and practice the skill of running to improve their performance as well as reduce their risk of injury.
What is “running technique”
Running technique is simply the applied skill of running. Every sport involves various skills such as dribbling, shooting, and blocking; running is no exception. There is an ideal way to perform each skill and a majority of athletes have not had proper education on how to run. Improved running mechanics and technique allows for reduced impact on the body’s joints, tendons, and ligaments, resulting in fewer injuries and more time participating in the activities athletes love.
Why is it important?
We recommend our running analysis to all levels of runners and athletes who participate in running because even the slightest deviations are multiplied continuously, eventually causing injury. The average middle to long-distance runner takes 160 steps per minute, and over a span of 30 minutes, that is 4,800 steps! Middle to long-distance runner has to absorb 2-3x their body weight with every step they take; sprinters have to be able to absorb 5-7x their body weight. If the foot lands out ahead of the body, that force impacts the joints, ligaments, and tendons. Landing underneath (or close to) the hips allows the muscles to absorb the impact instead, which is ideal.
We all have the same forces of nature acting on our bodies at all times: gravity and ground reaction force. Understanding how these forces act on our bodies can allow you to use nature to your advantage, making running easier and less painful.
One on One Running Analysis
We offer one on one running assessments that analyze the individual’s mechanics when they run as well as their technique. Both mechanics and technique impact how an athlete feels when they run and both are best corrected with personalized programming with our running specialist. The initial assessment is 90 minutes in length and follow-up sessions are 60 minutes each.
Local athletic teams and clubs can greatly reduce their risk of injury by learning to incorporate proper running technique drills into their warm-ups. Understanding how your body moves like an athlete and being able to perceive that movement is the key to unlocking your potential. Our Certified Running Technique Specialist can come to your practice and spend time teaching these foundational skills to your athletes and coaches. Keep your athletes on the field and running pain-free by setting up group training with your team. Call our office to learn more.
Want to learn more? Attend one of our Saturday morning workshops! The workshops include education on and practice with proper running techniques as well as an opportunity to talk about your history as a runner and ask questions. We offer these several times a year. Call our office or check our social media networks on Instagram and Facebook to find out when the next one will be.