A racing start for The Run Lab

We've had an amazing first few weeks since launching The Run Lab and have been receiving some fantastic iο»Ώο»Ώnitial feedback. Our runners and triathletes are genuinely excited to have this amazing new 3D gait analysis facility right here in Cornwall.

For performance

We've had some of the best runners in the south West visit The Run Lab in our first few weeks since opening. 3D gait analysis has been providing some incredible insights into how these athletes run and finding areas for them to work on in terms of technique improvements, and strength or flexibility asymmetries and deficiencies. We can provide individualised exercise recommendations to improve their movement  and re-test for improvements at future sessions. 

Having gait analysis profiles for the region's runners, including our most talented athletes, means we can guide their strength and conditioning needs, reduce or prevent future injuries and have a complete understanding of any injuries that they do pick up.

Making our injury treatments gold-standard

Runner's have all been commenting how much more motivated they are to do their strength and conditioning work having seen the evidence for why they need to do them. For runners who want gold-standard treatment we can now profile their running gait, including joint forces, strength, symmetry and economy and monitor changes in response to their training or rehabilitation.

"The last few weeks have been like a dream come true for me as a running Physio. Being able to obtain such detailed data on how each runner moves, means I can prescribe exercises that are truly individualised and measure precisely what is (and isn't) working. 3D gait analysis at The Run Lab promises to take Cornwall Physio into a new era and really put the South West on the map for running expertise.

The 3D gait analysis on the left was performed on a GB age group triathlete and provided fascinating insights into his history of problems with ITB syndrome. We immediately picked up deficiencies in lateral strength and more detailed analysis and comparisons between left and right demonstrated marked strength deficiencies on one side (particularly his Quadriceps). Interestingly strength and performance deficiencies became apparent only at certain running speeds, a common finding with 3D gait analysis.

This level of analysis allows us​ to provide customised exercise programmes and training recmmednations for injury rehab. For runners who seem prone to injury or who always get injured on the same side, profiling symmetry and strength in this was has huge  implications for injury prevention.

Another really interesting gait analysis case was the Marathon Runner on the right was noticing left quadriceps pain and tightness with his longer training runs. Profiling performance at different speeds demonstrated a significant drop in vertical force on the right side at his 17kmph race pace. Further analysis revealed that this drop in force application by the right side was accompanied by overcompensation on the left. At race pace his left leg was contributing 7% more than his right side. Homework was some strength and power work, particularly focussed on improving his right side. This level of detail was simply not possible with our old 2D gait analysis.

To find out more about The Run Lab at Cornwall Physio you can visit our 3D gait analysis pages. Please email info@cornwallphysio.co.uk with any questions.



About the Author

Lou Nicholettos is Lead Physiotherapist at The Run Lab and Cornwall Physio. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 12 years clinical experience and specialist interest in pain science and running biomechanics.