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Sports Biomechanical assessment


The biomechanics of sport differ dependant on the sport and the movements required within the sport. In running the forces going through the foot increase significantly than when walking. Normally in walking the force being applied by the foot to the ground


So what happens in the sports or running biomechanical assessment?


The biomechanical assessment has 4 main stages similar to a general biomechanical assessment, however more movement specific analysis takes place e.g. video gait analysis of running to understand any changes in biomechanics when running.


Our clincial specialists in biomechanics at our clinic will assess the most appropriate way to assess your movement


What is different from the biomechanics of running and walking?


There are a number of things which change in the biomechanics of running. In general there are a few key points.


  • The likelihod of heel striking at initial contact reduces the faster the running pace. A sprinter for example will most likely strike the ground only with his forefoot, whereas long distance runners may be more likely to retain a heel strike or mid-foot strike, which again changes the biomechanics of the foot when in contact with the ground.
  • The biomechanical forces on the foot and leg increase dramatically in running as opposed to walking. The weight going through the foot on walking is aroun 1-1.5 x body weight in walking. For running the weight going through the foot increases to around 4-5 times body weight. As such any alignment, or foot posture biomechanical issues such as over pronation or under pronation are more likely to cause symptms like shin splints, knee pain or pain in the foot.