Resonance Running Experts is about to launch state-of-the-art, 3D running gait analysis equipment, the first system to be brought into New Zealand.
Running is one of the World’s most popular forms of exercise. However, research shows that between 50-70% of runners sustain overuse injuries during any 12-month period. Overuse injuries as a result of training errors, are more common than acute injuries; such as muscle, ligament or tendon strains or sprains. Additionally, women are more commonly injured than men.
From looking at the scientific literature, we can see that women, on the whole, get injured up to 50% more often than men.
So, what is it about female runners that makes them more prone to injury overall, and specifically more prone to knee and shin injuries?
The answer is a combination of training habits, running gait, and intrinsic body differences between men and women.
The job of the sports podiatrist is three-fold:
- Technique optimisation- assessing how the runner runs and if there are deviations from ideal, what changes can be made to improve form and performance.
Injury risk screening- biomechanical and functional screening of imbalances, asymmetries and training errors that may increase running injury risk, before the runner sustains an injury.
- Injury assessment and rehabilitation- this is after the injury event, and helps to get the runner back on track.
- Our Resonance Running Experts sports podiatrist can understand why a runner is getting injured, where the injury risk is, and how far the runners technique is from ideal by using high tech, multi-functional gait analysis. Resonance currently operates dual camera video gait analysis with pressure plates embedded in a treadmill, mobile video motion analysis and running shock sensors.
Now, Resonance has brought on board the first marker-less 3D gait analysis system into New Zealand; developed by Dr Reed Ferber, kinesiologist and researcher, from the University of Calgary, Biomedical Engineering department.
Run3 has been in development over the past 15 yrs and now has the world’s first single camera 3D gait system. It does not require the placement of markers on the runner’s body. The runner can wear their own shoes and clothing—making 3D data collections, within millimetre accuracy, faster and easier.
Run3 is accurate to 1.5mm and provides a 3D biomechanical gait analysis in under 5 minutes. Run3 maps the surface of a runner’s body in real-time as they run and the software scientifically compares the 3D “silhouette” with a normative model. This model is constructed using either the subject’s previous data, or statistics generated from the world’s largest database of running biomechanical and clinical data.
See info video here:
Run3 is available at our Wellington and Lower Hutt locations.
Contact us to make an appointment for a Run3 assessment.
0800 4 RESPOD