by Phil Yoss, NSCA-CPT
Do you know whether or not you run optimally?
What about whether or not the running shoes you are wearing are helping or hurting?
Why might the answers to those questions matter to you?
If you are running in a way that is asymmetrical or lopsided you may develop a faulty pattern that could have severe consequences1.
Some issues that can arise include:
Do you want to train seriously? With considerable enough mileage and intensity to improve your fitness? Do you want to finish your season with a litany of personal records? If you answered yes to these questions then I can help.
At Magnus Sports Performance we have a simple process of:
This can be done with us here in as little as one single session with myself or one of our other qualified experts.
In their 2018 paper on running efficiency Beck et al stated "unimpaired individuals likely optimize distance-running performance by using symmetric step times and overall symmetric biomechanics."2
We would begin by gathering information about your current training regimen, training age, and absolute ability at the distances you specialize.
Then we would begin our testing on our integrated optical technology treadmill system.
The test will be able to tell us if you have any unnoticed deficiencies and asymmetries in your running form.
It will analyze such things as:
Then we will use this data to recommend changes in stretching or strength training protocols that can lead to fixing the issues that are identified. A well rounded program designed by us can bring you out of asymmetrical step by stretching the tight muscles and strengthening the weak muscles.
For example it may be seen that there is an asymmetry caused by a drop in your hips during your stride. The drop in your hip can result in higher stress being brought to one side. This may cause many of the involved muscles to become overused thus increasing the chance of damage and injury. Correcting the stride may be a possible route to lower the chances of developing IT band syndrome3. We might also recommend some simple exercises to strengthen them to ward off the potential injury as well in this situation4.
People have been able to recognize the uneven gait in a video of a simulated example of a runner5, but it can be much harder to recognize it in ourselves. Even if you are able to confidently pin down and assure yourself that you have an uneven gait, what is there to do next?
If you come to work with us you will be able to utilize our state of the art technology in conjunction with our trained experts to retrain and ensure your gait is the safest and most efficient version of running it can be. Our methods of gait retraining have been shown to work in a variety of settings 6,7. Biofeedback methods while running might include displaying “faster” or “slower” to cue a given foot to meet the speed of the other or displaying green when the strides are within acceptable asymmetry bounds and red when one deviates are just two of the possible stride retraining methods employed here.
If you take your training, progress and success seriously this is exactly the sort of thing that might give you the edge to get ahead.
Get ahead of your opponents and get ahead of where you might be without this.
FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO RESPOND GET A FREE EVALUATION AND REPORT ($125 VALUE)
Take control of your running, enhance your training and feel better all while achieving what you might never have believed possible. Contact me here at Phil.firstname.lastname@example.org to book your running evaluation today.
(1)Zifchock, R. A., Davis, I., Higginson, J., McCaw, S., & Royer, T. (2008). Side-to-side differences in overuse running injury susceptibility: a retrospective study. Human movement science, 27(6), 888–902. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2008.03.007
(2)Beck, O. N., Azua, E. N., & Grabowski, A. M. (2018). Step time asymmetry increases metabolic energy expenditure during running. European journal of applied physiology, 118(10), 2147–2154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-018-3939-3
(3)Noehren, Brian et al. Clinical Biomechanics, Volume 22, Issue 9, 951 - 956
(4)Fredericson, M., Cookingham, C. L., Chaudhari, A. M., Dowdell, B. C., Oestreicher, N., & Sahrmann, S. A. (2000). Hip abductor weakness in distance runners with iliotibial band syndrome. Clinical journal of sport medicine : official journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, 10(3), 169–175. https://doi.org/10.1097/00042752-200007000-00004
(5)Handžić, I., & Reed, K. B. (2015). Perception of gait patterns that deviate from normal and symmetric biped locomotion. Frontiers in psychology, 6, 199. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00199
(6)Martínez-Gramage, J., Albiach, J. P., Moltó, I. N., Amer-Cuenca, J. J., Huesa Moreno, V., & Segura-Ortí, E. (2020). A Random Forest Machine Learning Framework to Reduce Running Injuries in Young Triathletes. Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 20(21), 6388. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216388
(7)Agresta, C., & Brown, A. (2015). Gait Retraining for Injured and Healthy Runners Using Augmented Feedback: A Systematic Literature Review. The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, 45(8), 576–584. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2015.5823