NYDNR’s running and sports injury clinic was developed to provide a diagnostic service to injured runners and other athletes. In order to understand the cause of running injuries, sophisticated and precise biomechanical analysis must be conducted. This evaluation includes a computerized gait analysis that utilizes our state of the art motion analysis laboratory, with a specialized treadmill, a 3D video analysis system with special software, a surface electromyography system, and ground reaction force plates.
An initial evaluation is performed to determine how the athlete’s unique body structure may be influencing their movement. This comprehensive evaluation includes a detailed injury history, assessing shoes and abnormal wear patterns, and assessing bodily structure and alignment, with a focus on the trunk and lower extremities.
During gait analysis, movement patterns are monitored as the athlete runs a course constructed the lab. A 3D camera motion analysis system gathers data and delivers it to a computer, where joint angles and speed of motion are calculated from this information.
As part of the analysis, a force plate located at the center of the runway measures the runner’s ground reaction forces, providing information about balance and weight distribution, and revealing where excessive loading is occurring. Videotaping is done from the front, rear and side to provide a visual assessment of the runner. Muscular activity is recorded with a surface electromyography system.
Gait analysis gives us quantitative and qualitative data that can be integrated with results from the structural assessment, biomechanical analysis and injury history to determine the best course of treatment for the individual athlete.
From this analysis, recommendations are typically made in the following areas:
Be sure to visit the pages for our running gait lab, our Alter-G treadmill, and extra corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to see how these technologies can help you.