Running Gait Analysis
More than 50 percent of recreational runners and as many as 90 percent of runners training for a marathon will suffer running-related injuries each year. Analysis of your running form could reveal factors that may be contributing to development of an injury, and also provide insight into how best to structure a treatment plan. Improved running form could also yield performance benefits and help you to set a new personal record.
Whether you have been running for years or are just starting out, we provide expert examination and treatment of your running-related concerns. Our gait analyses are carried out by Dr. Peter Larson, Ph.D., a recognized expert on running form and footwear.
There are two options for scheduling (pricing below is effective for appointments scheduled after 9/16/2103):
Option 1 ($100*) - Filming session followed immediately by video review in the office. Appointments typically last 45-60 minutes. Email follow-up as needed is included (e.g., if a more detailed analysis of the video footage is warranted).
Option 2 ($120*) – Two sessions. First meeting is a 20-30 minute filming session, second session is a ~30-40 minute follow-up to review your videos with Dr. Larson and discuss elements of good form. The advantage of this option is that it allows time for video editing and a more thorough review of the videos between appointments. It also allows time for Dr. Larson to discuss your results with Dr. Coapland prior to your follow-up visit so that he can make recommendations regarding your treatment plan. Email follow-up as needed is included.
*Note: gait analysis and footwear consultation services are not billable to your insurance. Payment is due at time of initial appointment.
Below is a sample series of gait videos from one of our clients who we filmed at Memorial Field track:
What can I expect from a Performance Health Gait Analysis?
Step 1 – Filming Session: We will first discuss your injury history, shoe use, and training/racing routine and goals. We will then use our high-speed camera to capture video footage of your running form from three angles: front, back, and side. We can compare video of you running in up to three** different pairs of shoes if you wish. Filming will be conducted either outdoors (preferable) or on a treadmill in our office***. Once videos have been obtained, we will edit and analyze the videos and provide you with results and feedback. Read the guidelines at the bottom of the page for more information on what to bring to an appointment.
Filming sessions typically last 20-30 minutes.
**If you wish to be filmed in more than three pairs of shoes add $10 per additional pair (fee covers additional filming time and time required for editing and analysis of video).
***If you wish to be filmed at a location in the Concord area other than our office (e.g., Memorial Field Track, a local park near your home), please contact Dr. Larson. Depending on location and our schedule, an additional fee to cover travel time from our office may apply.
Step 2 – Video Review: We can either review your videos together immediately (see Option 1 above) or in a subsequent appointment after a more thorough analysis and review with Dr. Coapland (see Option 2 above). We will discuss the elements of good running form, look at sample videos of elite and recreational runners to demonstrate form variation, and discuss these in light of your running gait and your goals (e.g., injury avoidance/recovery, performance goals, etc.). We will discuss approaches to improving your running form, and depending on the outcome of the gait analysis, we might recommend additional form-training sessions, strength and flexibility screening, or manual therapy (ART, massage, etc.). We will discuss whether a new pair of running shoes might be warranted. You will also be provided with digital copies of your videos (bring a USB drive).
Step 3 – Email Follow-Up: We want to know how things progress with your running, and we include email follow-up with each gait analysis on an as-needed basis for continuing advice and feedback.
Below is a sample video from one of our clients who we filmed while driving alongside in a car:
Gait Analysis Guidelines
1.Weather – we generally prefer to film outdoors as it better simulates normal running conditions – rain is not typically a problem for filming, but a snowstorm or thunderstorm might require filming on the treadmill.
2. What to Wear – Wear athletic clothing to both the initial filming session and the follow-up session in case some on-the-spot gait training is needed. For the initial filming session compression/triathlon shorts are recommended as they allow better visualization of hip biomechanics. We may ask you to tuck in your shirt to further facilitate visualization of the hips and pelvis. Bring your typical training shoes, and one additional pair if you wish to see a comparison (e.g., training vs. speed/racing shoes).
3. Other Things to Bring – a USB flash drive if you’d like digital copies of your videos, orthotics if you typically wear them when you run.