Running Assessment

Whether you’re competitive athlete looking for the next endurance challenge, or brand new to the sport of running, our running assessment is customized for runners of all levels.  The complete biomechanical evaluation that includes a physical examination and a video gait assessment of you running on a treadmill can:

  • Help you recover from running injuries
  • Prevent future running injuries
  • Correct your form and reach full running potential
  • Improve your efficiency
  • Optimize your performance
  • Enhance your enjoyment of running and keep you running into the future.

A detailed running assessment can optimize your running performance and help prevent injury, regardless of your level of experience. We treat every runner as an individual and customize the session to your personal goals and physical needs.

Maybe you have never had an “injury” but most runners over time have had nagging aches and pains that never really go away despite appropriate rest and good treatment.  These running injuries can be quite persistent.  In fact, research indicates that over 80% of runners get injured while running.

Common running injuries:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • ITB pain
  • Hamstring strain/pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Runner’s Knee
  • Shin Splints

Current research is showing that by correcting deficiencies in running biomechanics, strength, flexibility and core stability you can avoid preventable injuries and run pain free.  Not only will it help you run pain free, it is likely your performance will improve as well.  It is our goal to determine causative factors, create an intervention strategy and formulate a return to run plan.

When you come to Kamloops Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre for a running evaluation you can expect the following components:

The 60-90 minute assessment includes an:

  • Subjective History: current training program, previous and current injuries, and goals.
  • Evaluation: A thorough clinical assessment of your anatomical structure, strength, flexibility, range of motion
  • Gait analysis: Video analysis of you running on a treadmill.
  • Review: A thorough review of your running video in slow motion helps runners understand their individual running style and strengths and weaknesses that may be keeping them from attaining there full running potential. Recommendations are made based on your clinical results, gait analysis, level of training and performance goals.
  • Treatment/recommendations:  After reviewing findings with your physiotherapist, you will receive recommendations which may include a treatment plan for a current injury, strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, running technique cues, running drills, and training program modifications

This assessment is not a replacement for coaching but works in conjunction with your current training plan.