Treadmill Gait Analysis performed by Physical Therapist and local running expert: The treadmill gait analysis station will include analysis of running technique by a physical therapist. This will be augmented by video analysis with the ability to show the runner and athlete slow-motion video of their gait. Gait analysis can help identify lower extremity bio-mechanical alignment issues that lead to injuries.
Functional movement screen
The Function Movement Screen was designed by physical therapists to identify functional movement deficits and asymmetries that may be predictive of general musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, with an ultimate goal of being able to modify the identified movement deficits through individualized exercise prescription. The FMS consists of 7 fundamental movement component tests that are scored on a scale of 0-3. This tool has been proved to be reliable, as well as utilized regularly by military services and by collegiate/professional sports teams. The test used will be:
- Deep Squat
- Hurdle Step
- Rotary Stability
The Flexibility Screen will assess the flexibility of the hamstrings and the hip flexor muscles. Imbalances in these muscles can alter running gait, and put strain on the low back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet.
This station will include demonstration of exercises that are designed to target the needed areas of improvement highlighted by the gait analysis, functional movement screen, flexibility screen, and Y-test.
This screen assesses balance, agility, and strength all at the same time. The Y-Test is dynamic and relevant for both runners and athletes of all levels.
Foot and Ankle Alignment Screen
This station is a general screen for foot type including pronated (flat foot) vs. supinated (high arch) foot type. Foot and ankle alignment will be assessed by a physical therapists. Misalignment at the foot and ankle are linked to increased risk of injuries. Proper footwear for your foot type will be discussed.