At Mobility Health, we offer running assessments and technique workshops to help you identify and address problems with your running technique that may lead to injuries of the back, knees, shins and feet. We use video footage and feedback to determine errors in running technique, and provide strategies to correct any fault that may be causing pain, discomfort or even performance plateaus.
Common injuries associated with poor running technique include;
- Runners Knee
- Achilles Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- ITB Syndrome
- Ankle Sprains
- Shin Splints
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
By fixing even minor faults, it is much easier to reduce the risk of experiencing any of these injuries.
What does the session involve?
The run assessment will be conducted on a treadmill while you run at a comfortable pace. We will take video footage from 4 different positions that will provide insight into how you move when you run. From here, we put together a comprehensive report of findings and provide recommendations on what could be improved and how you can improve these technique faults through specifically prescribed exercise and technique awareness and advice.
Why should you get your technique assessed if you’re not feeling pain?
It easy to think that understanding running technique is not important, especially if you aren’t experiencing pain or discomfort when running. However when you run with poor form, you become highly inefficient. Each step becomes harder, you will not be able to move as fast and you’ll experience fatigue significantly sooner than you should. Simply improving your running technique will allow you to go further, faster and reduce your risk of injury. Running should be easy and enjoyable.
Pain is also a poor indicator of dysfunction – the body is often able to adapt and deal with large amounts of dysfunction before it alerts you to slowly progressing injuries. There is often large amounts of overuse or wear and tear present before you start to become conscious of the pain.
Ultimately, running is a skill that needs to be learned. To be good at any specific task, you need to spend time perfecting the skill, practicing and refining movements. There are many ways to improve your technique, but you need to understand what faults exist and how exactly you can make the right changes.