What’s the Best Way to Prevent Running Injuries?

Whether you are looking to set a new personal record or simply get started, video gait analysis can help you optimize your running form and prepare your body for running. It can also help you to choose the right running shoes, and prevent injuries before they occur.

Runners have about a 50 percent chance of getting an injury that interrupts their training schedule. Among marathon runners, studies have placed the injury incidence rate significantly higher, in some cases as high as 90 percent. For those who are trying to adhere to a strict schedule in preparation for a big race, this can be a debilitating situation.

Studies have shown that it isn’t running itself that’s doing the damage, but the way people run. Runners who stride too far out in front of their bodies, or land with their legs at awkward angles run the risk of hurting themselves, forcing an interruption in training.

Video gait analysis can be a lifesaver for runners, because it can let them know what they are doing wrong, which can be corrected with a change in mechanics and proper shoes.

How Does Video Gait Analysis Work?

Video gait analysis seeks to identify the root of an injury, or a bad habit that may lead to one. It usually starts with an evaluation of strength and flexibility that includes some manipulation on an examination table and a series of exercises, followed by a running session on a treadmill in front of a video camera.

The program can identify any problem that might be the root of a recurring injury. Here’s how it helps runners:

  • Correct form issues
  • Prevent injury
  • Make a more informed decision on what running shoe to buy. A gait analysis can examine the issues in your form depending on your running shoes. Be sure to wear shoes you’re familiar with during an analysis, since new footwear can temporarily cause changes in form.

Why Video Gait Analysis Works

Video gait analysis uses software to make assessments of running style.  The software can help runners find issues by highlighting biomechanical patterns with angles, measurements, and drawing shapes for precise feedback.  Physical therapists can make an objective gait and analysis, which runners can easily see via high quality video footage.

Video Gait Analysis Software will Provide the Following:

  • Slow-Motion Video Analysis
  • Frame-By-Frame Video Analysis
  • Joint Angle Analysis
  • Multi-Angle Video Gait Analysis

IMPACT Physical Therapy is proud to help runners improve their efficiency and form. Prevent an injury before it is too late by making an appointment today.

Clinicians To Perform This Service

Paul Thomas

Gretchen Thompson

Liz Yerly

Shannon VanAntwerp

Courtney Odelson-Dynes

Locations To Perform This Service



Oak Lawn

South Loop