Running Assessments

Man having running assessment done

A running assessment will examine the weaknesses, strengths, and any mechanical challenges that may impact the efficiency or overall enjoyment from running. During the assessment, your therapist will be able to observe any improper running techniques or biomechanical asymmetries, from head to toe, that may be causing or lead to pain or injury.

Evidence suggests that a runner’s technique or form can dictate their speed, efficiency, and the amount of pain that develops, which could lead to poor performance or injury.

Running Assessments analyze factors such as:

  • Swing Time
  • Step Time
  • Stride Length
  • Weight Distribution
  • Force
  • Pronation (The way your foot rolls upon impact)

Running assessments include forward, backward, and lateral video analysis of your running form. Your therapists will record you running from different angles, in an effort to notate which joints are or are not supporting you properly, as well as any movements that are poorly controlled by your muscular structure. Traditionally, running assessments are completed on a treadmill, but in some cases they are also performed on a track or road.

Running assessments typically take 40 to 60 minutes total. 10 to 20 minutes to perform the assessment, and 10 to 20 minutes to review the assessment findings.

To get the most out of your running assessment, you should plan to arrive wearing:

  • Running shorts
  • Short sleeved athletic shirt or t-shirt
  • Running shoes

All of our clinics have restrooms & private rooms that you can use to change into the appropriate attire.

There are many benefits!

If you’re a NEW runner, you can save yourself a lot of time & money rehabbing injuries that can be prevented with proper form and body mechanics. Developing proper running techniques & form early on will help you develop healthier habits throughout your running career.

If you’re an EXPERIENCED runner, you can improve your running economy, time, endurance, and stamina. You may also prevent future injuries or pain that may develop due to improper techniques.

If you’re historically prone to running-related injuries or have previous injuries that may impact your running, a running assessment can be a great tool for you.

If you have a running goal you are trying to achieve, a running assessment offers you the best chance at achieving that goal in a safe, proper, and realistic way.