Running Biomechanical Video Analysis

Running video analysis

One of the great things about running is that anyone can do it. It’s simply a matter of lacing up a pair of shoes and off you go. It’s so simple – but on reflection is it really that easy?

What many people don’t understand is that there is an optimal running technique much like how we see optimal golf swings, weight lifting techniques, tennis serves and goal kicking.

While many sports involve a good deal of ‘coaching’ to attain best form, running is something many of us pick up through instinct. After all we have been doing it since we were children.

Studies have shown that around 80% of runners will experience lower limb injuries with up to 90% of marathon runners reporting at least one injury annually.

Among the most common injuries include

  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • ITB friction syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Gluteal tendinopathy and Trochanteric bursitis
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Lower back
  • Hip pain
  • Back pain

Slow motion video analysis of running technique is a useful way of not only identifying technique flaws and compensations but also is great for improving efficiency and increasing speed.

Here at St George Physiotherapy, running video assessment can be used to pick up and correct

  • Stride length characteristics
  • Overstriding behaviour
  • Heel striking
  • Cadence faults
  • Trendelenberg gait patterns
  • Over/under rotation through the trunk
  • Tilting pelvis characteristics
  • Over pronation

All of these are commonly seen in both day to day runners and elite athletes and are often easily corrected. If you are suffering from any of these complaints or are just curious to see if you can improve your form Book in for a Running Assessment today – (02) 9546-6880.