Running Gait Analysis

What we offer:

3D Gait Analysis

  • This is the most in-depth and descriptive measure of your running gait available. One of our specialists from The Running PTs at our Cary office will perform a comprehensive physical evaluation as well as a 3-dimensional running analysis.
  • The full body gait analysis is used as a means to help pinpoint and prevent injury, as well as improve running efficiency and economy.

What can I expect during the analysis process?

3D Motion Analysis
  • We will apply reflective markers placed on anatomically relevant body landmarks.
  • 8 infrared cameras will be used to capture your running biomechanics in 3 dimensions, allowing for an accurate assessment of your running mechanics.

 

Follow up plan
  • We provide you with a comprehensive and personalized follow up plan based on your goals as a runner or triathlete. The follow up plan is developed and implemented by our Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapist, Lee Welch, trained in running biomechanics. Together, you and Lee will put together a plan based on your analysis and your goals.
  • Lee incorporates real time biofeedback into his gait training and does not change who runners are at their core. He provides valuable feedback to enhance performance, running economy, and decrease the risk of running injury.
  • By incorporating a variety of skilled manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercise, balance/stability exercises, biofeedback and gait training, Lee is able to help you make the changes necessary to become a more efficient runner.
  • We are committed to your goals and we are focused on concrete, measurable results.

How Do I Know if I am a good candidate for a gait analysis?

  • Have you had recurring injuries that you can’t seem to get rid of?
  • Are you returning to running from an injury or surgery?
  • Do you want to improve your biomechanics to reduce change of future injuries?
  • Do you want to optimize your performance and take running to the next level?

What is the difference between the 2D and 3D analysis?

2-D Analysis
  • flat
  • uses horizontal and vertical (X and Y) planes
  • if turned sideways becomes a line
  • example: normal video from cell phone or flat pictures
3-D Analysis
  • adds the depth of (Z) dimension
  • allows for rotation and visualization from multiple directions

Because the human body moves in 3 dimensions, it is important to use 3-D measures to analyze the body’s biomechanical movement patterns. If you limit yourself to 2-dimensional measures, you will miss out on vital information. With the gained knowledge of 3-D measures, we can put together a program that will allow us to change or alter your biomechanics to increase your efficiency, safety, and performance.