Identify the cause and risk of running injuries: 3D running biomechanics
The traditional route many runners follow with a newly acquired injury is to treat the symptoms, and then gradually return to training. However, more often than not, most runners will not know the mechanisms that cause the injury, and therefore at risk of recurring injuries. For example, is a calf strain caused by a load on the muscle that has simply exceeded the runners musculo-skeletal capacity at that point in time? Or is the strain linked to an aggressive forefoot ground strike, or perhaps pelvic instability?
3D motion gait analysis provides a high precision method of identifying running gait dysfunction, and associated links with joints and muscles surrounding the hip, pelvis, knee, ankle and foot. Once your unique running gait characteristics have been quantified, the key dysfunction features are highlighted, interpreted and actioned with the most effective prehabilitation/rehabilitation guidelines - which typically include specific strengthening exercises; technical drills; and modifications to footstrike mechanics.
3D running gait analysis is also highly effective for runners who are not affected by injury, but wish to improve their mechanics to mitigate injury risk, and to improve their running economy and performance.
Melbourne Sports & Allied Health Clinic provides specialist biomechanical and exercise physiology programs for runners of any ability. Click onto the 3D running biomechanics video on this page (1min 12sec) for a sequence summary: (1) treadmill running; (2) digitised animation; (3) quantified gait graphics; (4) key observations (5) key recommendations for the athlete.