Gait Analysis And Its Impact On Performance
Gait analysis gives you crucial information about your running style
Gait analysis helps you to understand your level of pronation. Pronation is the natural inward roll of the foot as the outside part of the heel strikes the ground. This natural rolling motion acts as a shock absorbing element for the leg and body helping to optimally distribute the force of the impact of the heel making contact with the ground.
Analysis of gait also looks at your leg and body movements to identify any areas that might be impacting performance and efficiency. The goal of the analysis is to find the correct running shoe that makes the process of running more comfortable. By conducting detailed analysis and wearing the correct running shoes you can also reduce the chance of recurring injuries caused by wearing the wrong type of shoes.
Performing analysis provides runners of all abilities from the enthusiast to the professional with essential information about their running style. As a runner this information is important (irrespective of how long they have been running) as only through knowing an individuals running style will they be able to select the correct running shoes.
Analysis to measure the degree of pronation.
Pronation analysis matches a runner’s degree of pronation with the correct shoe type. The aim being counter-balancing over or underpronation, helping reduce the risk of injury and improving running efficiency. With analysis there are two levels of pronation
- Overpronation is when the feet roll inwards too much
- Underpronation (or supination) is where the feet don’t roll inward enough.
The gait cycle describes how as humans we walk and run. So fundamentally how we move. Having an intimate knowledge of the gait cycle makes it possible for an expert to be able to accurately help you in the selection of the correct running shoes