RUNNING PERFORMANCE TESTING & SCREENING
Whether you're a recreational runner just starting on your running journey, or a seasoned runner looking to gain insights into your athletic function, strength, and injury risk, GymTherapy is here to help you identify areas of weakness and optimise your function so you can achieve your athletic and performance goals.
WHAT IS RUNNING PERFORMANCE TESTING & SCREENING?
Running performance testing and screening is a comprehensive evaluation process that assesses the function of the musculoskeletal system. It involves a series of assessments, tests, and observations to identify deficits, restrictions, and imbalances in your muscles, joints, ligaments, and overall movement patterns. The goal is to identify areas that may limit running performance and increase injury risk using contemporary technology, and then implement an individualised plan to optimise your running performance.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Our running performance testing & screening services encompass various elements, including:
1. Injury & Training History:
A thorough discussion of your running demands, training injury, goals, and previous injury history to understand potential areas of deficits.
2. Joint, Muscle & Functional Movement Assessment:
An analysis of joint range of motion and stiffness, muscle strength, power, and functional movement competency to identify areas of strength and weaknesses using advanced testing technology.
3. Postural, Balance & Proprioception Assessment:
A tailored assessment of your joint postural positions, balance, dynamic stability, and proprioception and understand how the body functions during dynamic loading tasks.
4. Development of Individual Development Plan:
Following your testing assessment, an individualised development plan is developed to address key deficits and weaknesses tailored toward your training and performance goals.
5. Support & Guidance
Throughout the process, continuous support and guidance is provided to ensure you achieve your health and performance goals. We educate you throughout on injury prevention strategies to minimise the risk of future injury and optimise performance.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Running Performance Testing & Screening is beneficial for individuals who are:
Proactive about their running performance and want to prevent injuries
New runner's looking to obtain baseline data and a plan to minimise injury risk
Those looking to enhance movement patterns and motor control
Those with a history of musculoskeletal pain/injury seeking early detection and intervention
Any runner of any level looking to enhance their overall athleticism and performance and achieve your goals
By choosing running performance testing and screening services at GymTherapy, you can expect:
Early detection of potential injury risk areas
Personalised individual development plan to enhance athleticism and performance
Improved movement patterns, motor control, and overall athletic function
Enhanced running performance
A proactive approach to injury prevention and long-term running and athletic health
Expert guidance on injury prevention and athletic performance
COMMON RUNNERS PERFORMANCE DEFICITS & RESTRICTIONS
During testing and screening, we often come across common issues such as:
Muscle Imbalances: Deficits in muscle strength can have an effect on function and balance during activities. Common areas of weakness and imbalance for runners include the hamstrings, calf complex, and gluteals.
Poor Ankle Stiffness: Deficits in ankle stiffness (measured through isometric strength and jump testing) can lead to leaks to force and power during the running gait cycle, leading to inefficient performance.
Limited Range of Motion: A limited range of motion can affect how you load your muscles during various activities. Common joints affected for runners include the ankles (limited dorsiflexion), the hip (limited hip extension), thoracic spine stiffness, and limited quadriceps extensibility (knee flexion)
Reduced Dynamic Stability & Balance: A reduction in dynamic stability and balance is a risk factor for several injuries including ankle ligament sprains, knee joint injuries, and stress reactions/fractures.
Poor Lumbopelvic Control: Poor lumbopelvic control can reduce stability during dynamic activity such as running and may be a risk factor for injuries such as Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome (Runner's Knee), lateral ankle sprains, and hamstring strains.
Knee Valgus: Knee valgus is described as the inward movement of the knee and is commonly seen during dynamic activities such as squatting, lunging, and running. It is a risk factor for injuries such as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), knee ligament injury, and gluteal tendinopathy.