Gait analysis is another one of those terms that runners throw around but do we actually know what it means? Let’s look at what gait analysis is and why it works.
What is GAIT analysis?
Gait analysis is used to look at athletes natural abnormalities in there running technique. People spread the weight across their feet differently which can result in too much weight being on the inside or outside of our ankles. This is exactly what we want to avoid as it makes us much more likely to roll them and possibly injury ourselves.
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What is the point in GAIT analysis?
For exactly that, injury prevention.
The main reason people find gait analysis useful is that it can help prevent injury and improve technique. Once you’re running styles has been identified you can select trainers that best suit you.
Is GAIT analysis expensive?
Not at all. It’s free!
Most stores that provide gait analysis do so for free. You can pay for more comprehensive tests but free options are readily available.
How often should I have a gait analysis?
It’s recommended you get it done every year.
What does a GAIT test involve?
Usually, a gait analysis is done with a sports trainer, physio or sportswear stores.
Using slow-motion video a gait test involves you running on a treadmill. You’re recorded to determine whether you have a healthy run style or need more supportive footwear to help reduce the likelihood of injury.
You’ll then be spoken through your results with the conductor of your test about whether you over-pronate, under-pronate or are a neutral style.
Over-pronated, under-pronated or neutral – what are they?
According to Runners Need, 70% of the population over-pronate. This is where weight is transferred to the inside edge of the ball of their foot. It’s usually seen runners with flat feet or low arches.
Otherwise known as supination, this is the opposite of over-pronation. This is where the outside edge of the foot strikes the first. This can cause a jerk through the leg and reduces the stability of your strides.
A neutral style is where the outer edge hits the edge of the foot hits the floor split seconds before the rest of the floor. Naturally, this should be the case. Your foot then rolls inward in a controlled manner which helps absorb the shock.