It’s that time of year where a lot of people are starting to train for a spring marathon. If it’s your first marathon or you are a seasoned marathoner, you are likely getting stuck into a training plan, getting kitted out with winter training gear and looking to build strength and running fitness over the coming months.
One crucial element to running that is often overlooked by runners is your biomechanics. If you are a runner it’s really useful to have your gait analysed by a professional so that you are fully aware of any muscle imbalances or weaknesses that you can then work on improving with exercises to reduce injury risk and increase running efficiency. Equally important is the professional diagnosis of the biomechanics of the feet so that correct advice can be given on footwear and orthotics.
John Durkin, Podiatrist at Active Life Podiatry, comments as follows on the person running in the clip below:
“We assess runners with a detailed lower limb assessment – checking for range of motion and strength. We will then scrutinise running form- analysis of how any limb tightness and weakness may affect running. In this clip the hips drop on impact – revealing possible weakness in the hip abductor muscles. There is also foot pronation- this can be as compensation for poor hip control or due to poor mechanics of the feet themselves. Improvements on strength and technique can help, but sometimes foot orthoses, and running shoe advice may be needed to control the feet and also help with issues higher up -such as the hips.”
You can find out more about biomechanical analysis and podiatry here.
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