The Running Clinic at MIHP offers one of the most comprehensive running gait analyses available. It provides detailed information on your running biomechanics, what this means for any injuries you may have, and how this may influence your performance and future injury risk.
The running assessments are performed using a 3D motion capture system – this specialist equipment is the gold standard for analysing and understanding human movement. You’ll get a full gait analysis as you run across our 60-metre indoor running track, as well as a physical assessment, which includes the movement patterns of your spine, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles, as well as the forces on body as you run.
Our assessments and gait analysis reports are carried out by our Specialist Physiotherapist, Chris Bramah, who has more than 7 years’ experience delivering 3D running gait analysis for runners. We provide you with a detailed report including all of the gait analysis findings, details of what this means for you and recommendations on how to improve.
Who is the clinic for?
The service is open to individuals, clubs and groups across all sports and levels of ability. Please note, this assessment isn’t recommended if you have any cardiovascular or medical conditions that prevent you from being able to run safely.
You must tell us any medical conditions you have before your appointment.
What you can expect at your session
The session takes around 1.5–2 hours altogether, and is split into 2 sections – the running assessment and physical assessment.
We’ll attach a number of small reflective markers to your body using sticky tape – they’ll be on your chest, back, pelvis, hips, thighs, lower legs and shoes. This will allow our 3D motion capture system to track the movement of your joints as you run.
Once the markers have been attached, you’ll run along our indoor running track at up to 4 different speeds, depending on your capabilities and injury state. This gives us information on your biomechanics at the different paces you regularly run at, which we compare to our database of injury-free runners. We can then identify any performance limitations, risks of injury, and provide an overall understanding of how you move.
Our lead clinician will then carry out a physical assessment of your strength, range of movement and movement control. This information is used in conjunction with the findings from the running biomechanics and allows us to make specific recommendations on how to improve or recover from injury.
During this part of the assessment we’ll discuss the findings with you, as well as our recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. You’ll receive an initial report on the day, and the full report within a week.
What to bring
Please wear suitable running gear, including:
- running trainers
- sports bra/crop top for females
Try and avoid wearing sports kit that has a large amount of reflective areas, as this interferes with the 3D motion capture system.
Also, as reflective markers need to be attached to your upper body, you’ll perform the assessment topless or in a sports bra/crop top.
You should also bring:
- any medication that may be needed due to allergies or exercise, such as an EpiPen or inhaler
- details of any previous medical investigations or scan reports.