How to train harder running and avoid injury?

Are you a beginner runner and you want to go longer or run faster? Are you an experienced runner but want to get to the next level? Do you want to train harder but avoid injury?

If so, consider a Running Gait Analysis! A Running Gait Analysis can offer cues to cure common running ailments and prevent overuse injuries, as well as help you to understand how to make your running mechanics smoother via corrective drills and exercises. During your analysis you may also receive suggestions about more optimal shoes or after-market orthotic inserts. It’s typical for a runner’s gait characteristics to vary between their left and right legs and to change dramatically from year to year, so having an analysis done annually can help keep a runner running over their lifespan!

Gait Analysis is a method for identifying biomechanical abnormalities in the gait cycle, or in other words, it’s a tool used to assess the way in which you walk and run.  Gait analysis is the process of walking or running on a treadmill while an expert records your steps (or gait) with a camera or iPad.  This expert then watches the video back in slow-motion to see what happens when your feet hit the ground – maybe they roll inwards so your arches hit the ground (known as pronation) or outwards (called supination). Gait Analysis can be beneficial in identifying any overactive or underactive muscles in the feet, legs, hips, or core, which could lead to potential injuries and inefficiencies in the future.  Once you know your problem areas, you can focus on strengthening them and hopefully avoid injury.

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To schedule a Running Gait Analysis, call Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS) at 208-367-3315 and schedule with Paul Morrison.