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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

You can book using our online booking system. Or you can email us or call us directly.

We don’t use receptionists, so when you call or email you get directly either Ian or Gina, who can answer any questions you may have about your condition, prior to making a booking. 

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