3-D Running Analysis: How it Can Help You

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UW Health Sports Medicine offers 3D Running Analysis to help you improve your performanceComputerized 3-D running analysis is now available at the UW Health Runners' Clinic. This novel examination objectively defines your joint motion and loads during running, and provides our experienced team of health care professionals important biomechanical information to better understand factors involved with your running-related injury and performance.


Using an array of 8 digital high-speed cameras in combination with sensors that measure ground contact forces, your computerized running "fingerprint" will be determined. From this, we can assess whether your running mechanics show features known to be associated with running injury (e.g., impact loads and loading rate, joint motion asymmetry) and reduced performance (e.g., vertical displacement of center of mass, braking impulse).


Who Should Consider Having This Analysis?

In short, everyone that is interested in their running mechanics.


While a 2-D video analysis provides very valuable information in this regard and is an important first step, it is unable to measure ground reaction forces and joint loads, known to contribute to performance and injury risk.


For example, runners with chronic or recurring knee pain can make simple adjusts to their running mechanics to reduce the load on the knee joint. For those that have experienced a stress fracture, reducing impact loading rate becomes an important aspect of minimizing re-injury risk. Improving control of the low back and pelvis is paramount for new moms to successfully return to running following pregnancy. By quantifying these characteristics, an individualized treatment plan can be developed to target specific deficits.


What Does It Involve?

Only a 60-minute visit to the UW Runners' Clinic.


After a conversation with our experts regarding your training habits, running goals and symptom history (if any), small reflective sensors are placed at various locations on your body. While you run, these sensors are detected by the cameras and immediately integrated with your running forces. It's that simple.


The UW Health Runners' Clinic, in partnership with the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, is a recognized leader in the development and application of this technology to treat and prevent running-related injuries. Our work has been published and presented in multiple national and international scientific and medical arenas, frequently receiving attention from the national media.