3D Running Assessments available at The Biomechanics Lab!
Introducing our 3D Running Analysis service!
Unique to Adelaide, we provide the most detailed analysis of running biomechanics currently available.
Walking is very different to running.
When we run, we use muscles in different ways. Our joints move differently. And perhaps most importantly, the forces applied to the body are larger. As speed of movement increases, it is very hard to capture the required detail on video. This result in us ‘missing’ potentially important information.
A 3D running assessment addresses this problem by providing an extremely detailed assessment of motion and force when you run. This technology is unique to us here at The Biomechanics Lab, and is part of our commitment to provide the most accurate assessment of gait available anywhere.
We have gone to great efforts to make our Running Lab be a like-for-like environment to best represent outdoor running:
- Our treadmill is the same stiffness as the road (yes hard!). This means there is no bounce in the treadmill.
- You don’t control the speed – we do! We want you to run at the same level of exertion or intensity as to what you would outside.
- You run in your shoes (if they aren’t worn out). If required, we do have size runs of current model athletic shoes, as well as shoes with holes cut in them to allow . This ensures we can look at the function of the foot joints or foot orthotics when running if needed.
- We familiarize you to our testing lab , and find most recreational runners are comfortable after approximately 5 minutes of running.
- What this results in is an analysis that is meaningful and can be used to make changes that are meaningful when you run outdoors.
So how does 3D running assessment benefit you and improve your running?
In short, there are three key benefits to having a 3D running assessment:
- 3D Gait technology reveals specific movements of your body that may be contributing to your problem. The fine detail we provide is not possible to be seen with standard gait analyses.
- We can measure force. This is important in the context of understanding the control of your body to adapt to the force applied, as well as the work being done by your muscles. The latter is important information to really optimize strength and conditioning programs.
- The process provides quantifiable and objective data about the way you walk and any asymmetries present. Reports are given so you have clarity in the process and how you walk.
Dr Chris Bishop (PhD)
Director | The Biomechanics Lab