Running Gait Analysis with Wearable Sensor Technology

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is the process of observing someone, walking or running, to review their biomechanics and look for anything abnormal. Traditionally this is done through use of video analysis, as this provides the opportunity to slow down the footage, allowing for more accurate observations. Assessment of gait is important, as research has suggested standing lower limb alignment has a poor relationship with lower limb injuries [1], meaning any assessments of you standing still will likely show us very little about your current injuries, or any risk of future injuries.

What is “Wearable Sensor Technology”?

Running gait analysis at Total Therapy involves use of ViMove sensors, that are worn on the shins and used to measure the movements and forces through the lower limbs. Use of these sensors, alongside video gait analysis, allows us to gather a greater depth of information to support our biomechanical running assessment.

What Additional Information is Needed?

Use of video for gait analysis is helpful, as it allows us to observe your postures and movement patterns whilst running. However, we are unable to glean certain types of information from an image. This is where the sensors come in. They can provide data to tell us about the following:

  • Ground reaction force – the amount of force the ground pushes back against you as you land
  • Ground contact time – how long you are spending on each foot, the less time the better [2]
  • Cadence – how many times you are stepping per minute
  • Initial peak acceleration – how quickly your leg travels over your foot when you are standing on it during your running gait
  • Knee kinematics – a fancy way of saying we can look at how well you control your knees each time you land on one leg

Looking at these pieces of data for each leg allows us to see how symmetrically you are moving. This has relevance, as research has shown the different elements of running gait, particularly knee movements, can become less symmetrical as a runner fatigues [3], and poor knee control has regularly been associated with increased risk of injury.

All these different pieces of information, married up with information you give us and further assessment, can create a very thorough picture of you as a whole. This will allow us to better manage your injuries, adjust your training, and make you a better runner.

What Does a Session Consist of?

Your initial session will consist of video and sensor analysis of your running style, plus additional assessment of individual injuries based on the data gathered from the gait analysis. We will look at your current training programme to identify any potential contributing factors, and make modifications as needed. We will also create a rehabilitation programme tailored to your individual needs.

Follow up sessions will be booked to monitor progress with this rehabilitation programme and how this is affecting your running gait stats.

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Pricing

Initial gait analysis session – with training review and rehabilitation programme                  £65

Follow up reviews – further gait analysis and modification of programme                               £50

Package deal: Initial gait analysis session + 3 fortnightly follow ups                                          £150

Are you training through an injury, or unable to run? Give us a call to book in for an assessment. You can do so by calling us at the clinic on 01202 725090, or by booking in online at https://totaltherapy.janeapp.com. If you would like any further information, you can email our running Physiotherapist, Dani, at dani@totaltherapy.co.uk

References

[1] Incidence of determinants of lower extremity running injuries in long distance runners: a systematic review. Van Gent et al, 2007. British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol 41, Issue 8. http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/41/8/469

[2] Are gait characteristics and ground reaction forces related to energy cost of running in elite Kenyan runners? Santos-Concejero et al, 2017. Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol 35, Issue 6. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/02640414.2016.1175655?scroll=top&needAccess=true

[3] Asymmetry between lower limbs during rested and fatigued state running gait in healthy individuals. Radzak et al, 2017. Gait and Posture, Vol 51, Pages 268-274. https://www.gaitposture.com/article/S0966-6362(16)30631-2/abstract

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