Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on gait analysis. The full article can be found here.
I encourage you to read the whole article, but some key points include:
Gait analysis seeks to identify the root of an injury, or a bad habit that may lead to one
Gait analysis starts with an evaluation of strength and flexibility that includes some manipulation on an examination table and a series of exercises. That is followed by a running session on a treadmill in front of a video camera
Gait analysis has become a more accepted part of sports medicine, as traditionally trained orthopedists and surgeons have started to embrace the holistic approach of chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists
According to the article, if you are mechanically correct and there is still pain, then a gait analysis can help, since running shouldn’t lead to joint injuries
There is a high degree of correlation between certain running patterns and certain injuries
Gait examinations generally cost between $200 and $500, depending on the location and the sophistication of the equipment
Have you ever had your gait analyzed?
Is this something you would do if given the opportunity?
Also, be sure to check out my post on runScribe, a new product that allows you to collect your own data.