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Running Assessments

Why come in and have a Running Assessment?

Research tells us that up to 80% of runners may experience a running related injury each year. Contrary to belief, running is a skill. To become competent at any skill we go through different stages of learning, building upon a foundation and continuing to refine as we practice. With running, many of us just throw on a pair of shoes and start running, without ever actually learning how to run efficiently. If we continue to run, we either self-adapt and gradually improve and refine our technique, or alternatively, often unfortunately succumb to injury in the process. But we can rapidly speed up this process by getting our running professionally evaluated. This takes the guesswork out of the picture.

In a running assessment, we can identify areas which may need improvement or find weak links in the kinetic chain before injury can occur. We can also identify the areas where you may be placing excessive load and show you how you can modify this load. Additionally, we can evaluate your running program and give feedback on load management and training programs

Running Assessment

 

Who can benefit from a Running Assessment?

Whether you are a first-time runner looking to get into running, have been frustrated by niggling injuries you cannot seem to get over, or you are a high-level runner looking for the extra 1% to improve your performance and reach that personal best, you will benefit from a thorough assessment of your running.

We can identify the key areas you will need to focus on to help you complete that personal goal or achieve that illusive personal best.

What will the Assessment involve?

The assessment involves a 1 hour appointment. In this session we will discuss your injury history, any running concerns or difficulties, and your current goals, whether it is injury prevention or performance. We will perform a run screening which will assess key areas and identify any areas of flexibility and / or strength concerns.

Following this we will perform a video assessment your running on a treadmill. We will video from different angles using motion capture software. Depending on your goals and / or injury concerns we will assess the most appropriate parameters which may include;

  • General technique
  • Cadence
  • Body position and lean
  • Joint Angles
  • Arms and trunk rotation
  • Foot strike and toe off
  • Vertical movement / oscillation

Following the assessment, if necessary, we will make recommendations or modifications to your running technique. We may also provide you with some strengthening or stretching exercises to address specific areas of concern. You will receive a detailed written report which highlights areas of strength and flexibility concerns and outlines key individualised recommendations.

An optional 30 minute follow-up appointment after 1-2 weeks is recommended to review the assessment report and recommendations, and to review prescribed exercises and / or technique modifications.

A treatment plan for any injury concerns can also be made at this time.

How do we treat Running Injuries?

This is very dependent on the specific injury and individual characteristics. You will be provided with an appropriate management plan, which may consist of training advice and education, exercise prescription, including strengthening exercises, and running re-education or technique changes. In addition, recommendations on programming your runs and recovery may be provided to ensure you return to your previous level and return to running pain free.

Do you have an injury preventing you from what you love, Running?

  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Hip and gluteal injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Medial shin pain / “shins splints”
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Muscle tightness

For further information about the Running Assessment service or to book an appointment please contact Northern Sports Physiotherapy Clinic on (02) 9901 4000 or you can email Eoin directly at: therunphysio@gmail.com

Eoin has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of running injuries. He has completed a Masters in Sports Biomechanics and is an expert in the analysis of human movement. He has extensive experience in run biomechanics, as a previous national level runner in Ireland, a running coach and as a physiotherapist. He has experience working at institutions including Loughborough University, the New South Wales Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.

He has also undertaken professional development courses with world leading experts including;

  • Dr. Christian Barton – Running Rehabilitation
  • Tom Goom – Running Repairs
  • Blaise Dubois – New Trends in the Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries