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Run Lab: Optimise your technique. Run efficiently and injury free.

65-80% of runners get injured – that’s because running is a skill and not something that is taught or coached when we are young. The more efficient and economical your running style, the less energy you use, the more evenly force is distributed through your body and therefore the less chance of getting injured.

Run Lab is our unique, specialised service for runners which uses the latest technology to gather data about the individuals running style and biomechanics.  It comprises of 3 parts:-


1) Vi-Move analysis.  Our state of the art, wireless senses are placed on the body enabling biomechanical information to be fed back to our computer software.


2). Slow motion Video.  We film you running, slow it down to 1/8th of the real time speed which then enables us and you to analyse all aspects of your running style.


3). Biomechanical tests.  From analysing the latest research we have devised a series of tests, looking at muscle strength and flexibility to highlight any possible weak areas that need addressing.

The whole procedure takes 1 hour.  You then leave with a printed report of this information to take home and an action plan to address any issues found.

A course of treatment may be required or a strengthening programme issued. Most patients will then be reviewed 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation using the same testing methods to determine improvements.

FAQs regarding runlab:

What do I need to bring?

Come in your normal running attire e.g. trainers, shorts, t-shirt, towel. Water is available in reception, but if you normally run with water, bring a bottle with you for ease of use.

 

I am not currently suffering from an injury, can the runlab still benefit me?

Absolutely, whether you have or have not suffered a running related injury in the past, runlab can benefit you in a number of ways. Firstly, we will be able to highlight whether there are any muscle imbalances including poor muscle length or strength that need to be addressed. Second, a detailed analysis of your gait will allow the clinician to highlight any elements of your gait which may or not need to be altered. Lastly, a plan can then be implemented in terms of a personalised training schedule including relevant strength and conditioning exercises.

 

I already had a gait assessment when I purchased my running shoes, why do I need another?

Although gait analysis is often performed in running stores to help you choose the appropriate footwear, these assessments are often brief and only focus on load distribution. Runlab gait analysis with involve detailed examination of your running form from head to toe slowed down to 1/8 of the speed, whilst providing data such as cadence, step rate and weight distribution. This will guide your clinician on being able to teach you necessary cues to alter your gait (only if required).

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