When the foot hits the ground, everything changes. The way you make contact during running has a large influence on how the rest of your body moves.
Touch matters. Shoe type, running surface, incline, among other ways you “feel” all impact how you run…and how you change the way you run.
The rhythm of your run and the number of steps you take per unit of time can have positive (and negative) effects on your running quality, depending on your goals.
Running is more than just biomechanics. Perceived and actual effort will ultimately affect how much control you have while running, and how well you can meet your goals and expectations.
Discernment gives direction. Making good judgements about your run before, during, and afterward allow you to continually improve on achieving your goals.
Ultimately, running well for a prolonged period of time comes down to economy. How well are you managing your resources? Each running component has an influence on another- the better steward you are with your gifts will allow you to be the best runner you are capable of becoming.
Injury and Prevention Program
The STRIDE Injury/Prevention Clinic is comprehensive one-on-one evaluation which includes usually 2-4 follow ups, depending on the person’s circumstances The purpose of this program is to provide any type of runner with what I like to call the “good ingredients” of running, so a person can put themselves at a biomechanical advantage to run faster, reduce current running injuries, and help prevent future injuries from occurring.
The STRIDE Performance Clinic is a one-on-one treatment of the runner based on scientific evidence and a mix of professional experience to be shared with the runner of any age. The program is centered on tactile and experiential cues for the runner to take home, including a developed program of manual techniques, corrective exercises, and running cues to improve their running quality. These come in easy-to-understand and applicable skills that a runner can integrate in any running circumstance in order to improve running performance and quality.
Why Running Analysis?
Like doing any repetitive activity, our bodies can tolerate a certain amount before they begin to break down. This usually occurs slowly and gradually as we make compensations to avoid pain and keep running. These compensations are often detrimental to the runner and will likely cause other problems to develop. They are generally small and hard to notice without another set of trained eyes.
By having your running looked at with a set of trained eyes, we will cover:
- Proper postural alignment during running, addressing a solid foundation of strength & power during gait, and power development vs. endurance & strength
- Cadence during a run and ground contact time during running
- Running form and side-to-side symmetry
- Proper shoe & orthotic assessment
- How to decrease cumulative bodily stress during running
- How to optimize running economy
The STRIDE Running Clinic offers each individual the following during their visits:
- An assessment of functional patterns, strength, and range of motion
- A biomechanical analysis of running which may include modifying your running form to correct aversive running mechanics.
- Video instruction & review of running pattern
- An individualized plan to address each runner’s goals- this may include therapeutic exercises, manual interventions, as well as guidance towards appropriate return to desired running level.
- Answers to questions regarding shoes, orthotics, training, nutrition, and any other running-related topics.