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Three dimensional (3D) Running Analysis involves a comprehensive 3D Biomechanical assessment of your running biomechanics and how your atypical mechanics are related to your muscle flexibility, and strength. Running is important to many of us, from the recreational runner to the national level athlete. Due to the repetitive nature of running, the way your bones and joints move is critical for avoiding and treating injury, and for maintaining an efficient running style. This is referred to as your biomechanics.
Utilizing 8 infra-red high speed camera motion capture system and reflective markers your running patterns are measured providing you with a scientifically accurate assessment of your running biomechanics. Following 3D running performance, strength and flexibility assessment, a comprehensive and individualized running report is generated, given specific recommendations that targets specific biomechanical issues.
This state of the art, 3D running analysis technology is usually only available to high performance national athletes. Research has shown that only 3D assessments are accurate enough to detect the small motion patterns that might cause a running injury. Since most running shops only use one or two cameras, they can only measure your biomechanics in 2D, and are often inadequate for carrying out an accurate and reliable biomechanical assessment. This service was developed to help you, your coach and clinician with your running performance and/or injury evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 3-dimensional biomechanical analysis?
Motion analysis is a non-invasive method of accurately measuring the way you move. Small, spherical reflective markers are attached to your body and the 3D positions of these markers are measured using infrared cameras as you move. The 3D positions of the markers are then used to create an exact computer model of you running. The personalised model is used to accurately calculate your joint angles in all three planes of human movement. For example, we measure how much your knee extends and flexes as you run, how much it rotates and how much it moves sideways.
What is the difference between the service provided by run3D and the free biomechanical assessment that is advertised at my local running shop?
Your body endures a force equal to 2.5 times your body-weight with every step you run. You run a mile in approximately 1900 steps. Therefore, if you run 40 miles a week, you take nearly 2 million running steps each year. The repetitive and demanding loads placed on the body mean that even very small differences in your running patterns might lead to the development of a running injury. Research has shown that only 3D assessments are accurate enough to detect the small motion patterns that might cause a running injury. Since most running shops only use one or two cameras, they can only measure your biomechanics in 2D, and are often inadequate for carrying out an accurate and reliable biomechanical assessment.
What happens after my evaluation?
You will be provided with a detailed Multimedia (mp4) and Written (pdf) reports. Included is a comprehensive and individualized running information with specific recommendations that targets specific biomechanical issues.
Can you change the way I run?
Yes! scientific investigations demonstrating that you can change the way you run with visual and verbal feedback. These changes in your gait mechanics can lead to better performance and a resolution of your pain and other symptoms.