Improve your running with Fremont Therapy Group
As you lace up your running shoes this year, take a minute to improve your stride and reduce your risk of injury.
Both the Lander and Riverton clinics are equipped with High-Definition Video Motion Analysis Systems which help capture running or walking issues that are hard to detect with the naked eye.
Similar systems are used to cover sporting events for entertainment purposes, but in the hands of Fremont Therapy professionals, the system becomes a powerful tool for seeing weaknesses and demonstrating performance improvement opportunities.
Whether you run for the sake of exercise, fun or competitive purposes, studies show the probability of sustaining an injury that interrupts training can be as high as 50-90 percent.
This 3-4 session analysis can help competitive runners shave time off their run. It’s also good for non-competitive runners who want to avoid injury.
At your first appointment, the physical therapist will use high-tech software and multiple video cameras to capture your running gait and slow your movements to 60 frames per second.
Once your assessment is complete, your PT will review your case, and develop a home exercise program to reduce your risk of injury.
Six to eight weeks later you’ll come back for a follow-up assessment. There, the physical therapist will check for improvements, as well as additional problem areas.
For competitive runners, the most improvement usually comes from the objective evaluation. The PT looks at your range of motion, strength and a number of other things. While you may not have discrepancies on the running portion, there is usually room for improvement with the range of motion, strength and balance.
“It’s not necessarily the running itself, but the way you run that can cause an injury,” says Whittney. “A runner’s stride can be too long or they can land at awkward angles.”
Tom adds, “Runners of all levels can benefit from the program as we help them find an efficient running gait and provide them with specific exercises to help strengthen and stretch the muscles necessary for them to improve their performance and to prevent or overcome injuries.”
Running Analysis sessions are limited, so call Whittney at 856-7021 or Tom 332-5240 to set up an appointment.