Why get a running assessment?
Whatever your level, running is a great form of exercise for long-term physical and mental health. In fact, recreational running has been shown to increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of over 35 chronic conditions (Booth 2012), including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, dementia and many types of cancer.
The ability to remain injury free will greatly improve your enjoyment and longevity of running and allow you to access all the amazing health benefits that go with it.
Running-related pain and injuries may be caused by many factors including technique, strength, flexibility, footwear and training load. During a running assessment, we not only look at your running technique, but also assess your strength, flexibility and many other factors that may contribute to risk of injury.
Improving your running technique will not only reduce your injury risk, but also improve your running performance to make you faster, fitter and help you reach your running goals.
What injuries can we treat?
Almost any injury may benefit from optimising your running technique. However common injuries we see are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Patellofemoral (knee-cap) pain
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Lower back pain
- Hip, groin and gluteal injuries
- Hamstring and calf injuries
- Stress fractures
What does a Running Assessment involve?
Initial assessment – 60 minutes
- Interview and physical assessment including strength and range of movement measures.
- Running video-recording and biomechanical analysis.
- Supervised practice of running technique modifications.
- Home exercise program addressing any strength or flexibility concerns identified in assessment.
- Written report identifying key findings, images and strategies for improvement
Follow-up – 45 minutes
- Recommended follow-up appointment to assess effectiveness and ability to implement recommendations
- Re-assessment of key findings from initial assessment
- Further exercise progression and running modifications as required.
If you would like further information regarding our Running Assessments here at SMP please feel free to call us on 9645 7955 or contact our senior physiotherapist, Brodie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.