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What is a Complete Gait Analysis?

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

When we look at the way humans move, there are 7 main movement patterns; squat, lunge, push, pull, bend, twist & gait. All are crucial components to consider when assessing movement among endurance athletes. One of the most important things to consider is gait, our ability to move from one place to another (crawl, walk, run). Changing someone's gait pattern is not always the first option, but if we are not at least analyzing someone's gait, we are likely missing a main piece of information that should go into a successful strength plan, run coaching service, etc.

Over-striding, lack of core engagement leading to no forward lean, total knee flexion, proper pull mechanics, vertical oscillation; these are some of many traits that can be looked at and measured while doing a gait analysis. The body is smart and most people can get away with non-efficient movement patterns for a long time. The question is, what will happen when the body no longer can compensate for an incorrect pattern?

When booking a 90-minute, Complete Gait Analysis, you will have the opportunity to go through an in-depth analysis with a Level 2 Certified Running Gait Analyst that includes the following steps:

What's Included?

Run Questionnaire regarding past injuries, current intensity/volume in training, goals, etc

Run Gait Analysis

Movement Screening including strength, dynamic movements, and loading level assessments

Shoe Discussion

Corrective Exercise Routine/In-Depth PDF Recap Based on Assessment

Blog Post written by Jacob Oak | personal trainer, run coach, and gait analyst that works with endurance athletes through Oak Endurance and Performance Running Gym.

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