Running Analysis Solihull
Prepare yourself for upcoming events like the Solihull Half Marathon or the Balsall Common 10k through effective pre-race preparation. Elevate your running capabilities and reduce the risk of injuries by exploring the intricacies of your running technique, from your foot strike to overall body alignment.
Our dedicated team of Sports Scientists and Running Specialists, situated in close proximity to Solihull, are available to comprehensively assess your biomechanics using our Running Analysis Solihull package. Let us assist you in attaining improved running performance, overcoming discomfort, and preventing injuries.
Why have a running analysis?
Individual running styles vary greatly, making it clear that a universal running gait doesn’t exist. When you’re in motion and your foot meets the ground while running, a distinct chain reaction is initiated throughout your body due to ground reaction forces.
This force can serve as a catalyst for enhanced efficiency in your running or, conversely, act as a hindrance, impeding your speed. Among those aiming to secure a competitive edge by shaving off precious seconds, we frequently encounter elite and semi-elite runners in our Solihull area clinic. Regardless of your running level, our Running Analysis Solihull holds the key to unlocking those invaluable extra seconds.
The dynamic forces involved in running have the potential to synchronise your knees, hips, back, and even shoulders harmoniously creating a fluidity in your running. Or they can operate in opposition, creating restriction, inefficiencies and paving the way for future injuries.
The majority of running-related injuries stem from incorrect mechanics, and the best method to truly unearth the underlying cause of such injuries is through a comprehensive Running Analysis.
Hence, our Running Analysis Solihull stands as an indispensable component of your race preparation strategy.
What happens during the Running Analysis?
Immerse yourself in our personalised Running Analysis Solihull sessions, expertly designed to span 50 minutes each. Within this dedicated timeframe, we will meticulously assess your posture and delve deeply into the mechanics of your running technique.
Our state-of-the-art video technology captures your specific running technique, providing invaluable insights into the impact of your foot strike and its ripple effects throughout your entire body. Embracing a holistic approach that considers your complete body dynamics including your muscle firing and strength levels throughout your legs, hips, back and shoulders. Alongside your running history and a comprehensive physical evaluation, we are able to fully understand and refine your running technique. Our objectives are clear: To optimise your running efficiency, to amplify your race performance, to address existing running injuries, and proactively avert potential future setbacks.
We understand that runners often have several pairs of shoes, so during our Running Analysis Solihull sessions, we encourage you bring and run in all your shoes. This allows us to offer tailored recommendations for footwear that align with your unique requirements.
Setting our Running Gait Analysis Solihull sessions apart, is our commitment to real world video capture, as opposed to a treadmill focused analysis. There are substantial distinctions in running mechanics between a treadmill and the natural outdoor environment, due to varying ground reaction forces, and therefore treadmill based analysis is often not the best approach to understanding your running mechanics.
This examination delves into the intricacies of your biomechanics, meticulously observing movement patterns from your head to your toe. Subsequently, we are able to refine your gait, enhance your flexibility and strength, and optimise your foot’s interaction with the ground. All of this is intricately informed by the comprehensive analysis performed in our Solihull location.
What can we do for running injuries?
Unveiling the intricacies of running-related injuries hinges on understanding the intricate chain reaction initiated by the foot’s impact with the ground. When your foot makes contact, a series of muscle firing patterns reverberate through your legs, knees, hips, and even your back. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the origin of any injury, a specialised Running Analysis in Solihull becomes indispensable.
Our dedicated team of Running Therapists in Solihull commences by assessing the affected joint or muscle area. Many running injuries stem from imbalances within the lower body. By assessing leg circumferences and muscle firing patterns, we unearth potential irregularities in load distribution.
At the core of our examination lies the scrutiny of your feet, the fundamental point of contact with the ground during each stride. Here, the critical ground reaction forces come into play, propelling your forward momentum. We recognise that weak feet or ankles can disrupt the harmonious dispersion of these forces throughout your body, frequently acting as catalysts for running-related injuries.
The subsequent phase involves a thorough assessment of your running shoes, offering insights into tread patterns and foot strike dynamics. This information aids us in comprehending the mechanics at play when you run.
Stepping outdoors, we invite you to run while we capture your movements on video. This real-time visual perspective provides unparalleled clarity into your running mechanics. By dissecting your motions at a slower pace, we can meticulously analyse the contributing factors to your injury. This process empowers us to offer immediate and enduring solutions. Often, clients find this aspect of our evaluation to be enlightening, as personal perception may differ from the reality unveiled through video analysis.
In order to solve your running injury, we tailor a strengthening program exclusively for you. Additionally, we guide you in refining your gait to directly target the underlying causes of the issue.
Frequently Asked Questions about Running Analysis Solihull
Please bring all your shoes, many runners have several pairs and we may need to see you run in all of them.
Please also bring whatever you usually run in, and ideally a pair of short shorts so we can assess the whole lower body.
All our sessions are 50 minutes long.
Unlike many of our competitors all of our follow up appointments are also 50 minutes long.
This allows us enough time to assess you fully, including doing a video analysis.
We get you to run in the real world rather than on a treadmill. The mechanics of running on a treadmill are very different to running in the real world. Most people run out in the real world, so this is where we assess you.
We aren’t running coaches, but we are Sports Scientists. We have been trained to look at the way the body works, understand the forces involved and how the muscles deal with those forces.
In their younger days, Ian used to be a triathlete and Gina a runner for Coventry Godivas Running Club so we have a very real understanding of running and running injuries.
Gina is a member of BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists) ensuring they stay up to date with the latest research.
What Our Clients Say About Us
October 20, 2022
Always upbeat, friendly, offers useful advice & service is always top notch, suggestions and treatments that actually work!
September 5, 2023
I went to the clinic for a running gait assessment with Ian. No specific injury problems, but from the wear on my running shoes I knew there was something not quite right. A very professional approach to not only analysing my style but also identifying the cause of the problem. Suggested exercises provided which should help, and the offer to review again in a few months if I sent a video. Couldn't really have asked for more.
September 5, 2023
I attended the Reinge Clinic with a back problem and painful right hip caused by some rather over enthusiastic running. Gina immediately identified the underlying cause and over three sessions together with her recommended exercises the problems have been resolved. A very friendly and professional service. I would definitely recommend the clinic.
September 5, 2023
I was introduced to Gina & Ian, the owners, who are in the process of transferring their long established business in Bristol to Kenilworth in Warwickshire. A few weeks earlier, I had a calf strain & over the years, my calfs have tended to be tight with me pulling my calf 18 months ago & some 10 years or so. Despite this, I have managed to get back, ran a half marathon in 1.29, 5k in sub 20 minutes & represented my country at 5k, 1500m & 800m. I have, however, always worried about calf niggles. I went to see Ian in his impressive Kenilworth practice. He did both a running gait & complete assessment, a bit of treatment & recommended no running for 6 weeks & 2 specific exercises which would take me no more than 10 minutes each day. I did not need to see Ian again but was determined to get back running & preferably injury free. Over the next 6 weeks, I continued with the exercises & started walking. After easing back into the running, I can now confidently report that I have ran 3 park runs in sub 22 minutes, jogged 2 hours & my calfs feel so good. As a precaution, I will book in to see Ian again in the next few days. What I like most about both Gina & Ian is that they are professionals, on your side & wanting to get to the root cause of the real problem; something many other health professionals just don't do. I can fully recommend both Gina & Ian. Thank you for your advice & support.
September 5, 2023
I began seeing Gina towards the end of 2020 due to having severe back pain. I have a lower lumbar fusion and 2 slipped discs. After a thorough inspection and assessment Gina was able to begin her diagnosis and spec out a plan for me. At the point of first meeting Gina I was in so much pain that I could barely be touched and now I am able to train, run and cycle again without feeling pain. I am now undergoing running assessments to understand where my issues are, how to rectify them safely and set realistic goals.
Ciprian Ormenisan (Chip)
September 5, 2023
I used The Reinge Clinic to help me with my gait as I was training for the London Marathon. My running technique was all wrong, but with their help, it improved significantly, and I finished my first marathon at the age of 46. The sports massages kept me in top form and free from injuries. I would give them 5 stars and will definitely return to them in the future!
September 5, 2023
Gina has become my ‘go to’ therapist for all my training niggles and injuries as well as for many of my clients. I enjoy her no nonsense approach that addresses so much more than the specific joint or muscle causing me discomfort. I tend to learn a lot from each appointment and I am convinced it has helped both my running as well as my own work with personal training clients. Gina keeps me running and keeps me working – both of which I love, so I thoroughly recommend her. I even recommend a visit even if you’re not injured! She can help you improve your posture and technique as well as help with race recovery.
Jason Lammie - Ultra Runner
September 5, 2023
My injuries were compounded after seven years of throwing money at Physiotherapists. Running was painful and nowhere near the pace I was. I rang Ian in March with the view that it would be a few months out of running. Ian performed a gait assessment and identified the issue immediately. Although I have a long road ahead, I have run more monthly mileage than I have for the past three almost four years… He’s worked nothing short of a miracle. I would recommend this clinic over most in the region & I’ve been to a few.
Erik Downey - GB Triathlon
September 5, 2023
As a G.B. Age group Triathlete I have used Ian’s services for several years. He is very efficient at finding the cause of the problem and also treating the symptoms. I initially sought help for stress fractures and with his assistance was able to overcome these and compete in 6 Ironman events without any major injury issues. During my build phase I would attend Ian’s clinic on a monthly basis to ensure my body was given a once over. Ian would be able to spot minor issues and imbalances before they became a problem allowing to continue my training. Thank you Ian for helping me achieve my goals. The only advice I can give is don’t delay seeing Ian as the problem is unlikely to go away on its own.