About Running Assessment In Collingwood
Before we get you running, we take a look at your lower extremity alignment in standing. Testing various running muscles for length and strength gives us valuable information. Some functional tests that may affect your running are performed. Your running shoes will be evaluated for wear patterns, flexibility, motion control, etc.
Assuming you can run pain-free for 5 min or so, we will have you run on the treadmill. We will likely get you to try barefoot running and observe the cadence, stride length and foot strike differences it makes. Using video analysis, we can break down your stride in slow motion and frame by frame to reveal what is happening biomechanically. Instant visual video feedback makes it easier for runners to understand the corrections and adjustments that we suggest.
Whether your aim is to improve performance, feel more comfortable running, or prevent injury, we will make recommendations to help you reach your goals. Based on your specific results, this may include strengthening or stretching certain muscle groups, footwear/orthotic suggestions, smartphone apps, and changes to technique and cadence.
Many extended health care plans cover physiotherapy in Collingwood.
What Is a Running Assessment?
A running assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s running technique, form, and biomechanics. It involves assessing the lower extremity alignment in standing, testing various running muscles for length and strength, evaluating the wear patterns of running shoes, performing functional tests that may affect running performance, and analyzing the runner’s stride on a treadmill. The goal of a running assessment is to identify any areas of weakness or imbalance that may be contributing to running-related injuries or impairing performance. Physiotherapy treatment programs can then be used to correct these issues.
What Problems Do Runners Have?
Runners often experience a variety of problems, including muscle imbalances, poor running form, and inadequate footwear. Muscle imbalances can lead to overuse injuries, such as shin splints or plantar fasciitis. Poor running form can cause inefficient use of energy and increase the risk of injury. Inadequate footwear can contribute to foot pain and instability while running. A running assessment can help identify these issues and provide recommendations for addressing them.
Maximum Physiotherapy offers a wide range of effective treatment plans with comprehensive initial assessments to help you achieve your running goals. Book your appointment today if you have any of the following common health conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Complex sports injuries
- Ankle pain
- Shin splints
- Running injuries
- Knee pain
- Chronic pain conditions
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Neuropathic pain
- Ongoing pain
- Future injury prevention