Robyn is a Sports Performance Analyst and Biokineticist at the Thornbury Clinic. Robyn has a degree in Biokinetics and specialises in injury rehabilitation.
Running is one of the most popular recreational activities, enjoyed by a variety of people all over the world. With its numerous benefits, it’s no wonder many have kicked Netflix to the kerb and started pounding the pavements.
Running not only improves endurance, bone density and muscular strength, it also decreases blood pressure and improves cardiac health. There are a multitude of lessor known additional advantages to running, namely, those participating in regular endurance activities have higher immunity, decreasing their risk of disease and contracting viruses such as cancer and COVID-19. Additionally, running assists with blood sugar regulation, lessening the risk of developing diabetes and assisting with diabetes in monitoring and controlling glucose levels. Regular physical activity encourages a healthy circadian rhythm which helps to combat insomnia and promotes healing, assists with hormone regulation and has mood boosting qualities. Many studies show physically active people have increased cognitive function and improved memory.
Nothing is more frustrating than setting out to achieve your goals, only to be set back by nasty niggles, aches and pains. Whether you’re new to the sport or a running veteran here are a few tips you can use to try and prevent injury from getting the best of you.
The best way to limit the risk of incurring injury is to understand your personal running style. Running can be divided into a number of components. These include stride length, cadence, arm cycle, foot strike, loading response (through the foot), knee drive, loading response (through the hamstring), torso rotation, head position, and double flight. All these elements work together to produce your unique running gait or the gait cycle.
The most effective way to assess all these components is through a running gait analysis. An in-depth assessment includes evaluation of all running elements, concentrating on angles and positioning of the limbs throughout the gait cycle, and quantifying percentages of time spent in each phase of the gait cycle. This is done with biomechanical assessment programs, motion analysis equipment and video motion capturing data. We are privileged enough to have this equipment at the Thornbury Clinic Active site. Our assessment is quick and easy; all you need to do is place our specialised motion analysis inserts into your shoes and show us what you’ve got! After our assessment, we will take you through the motion analysis data and video footage explaining the angles and position of key areas of the body during your gait cycle. We analyse the data and then develop a personalised gym program designed to address and enhance your unique gait cycle. Making use of this programme will assist you in achieving your goals and keep you on track for improved performance, enjoying your running and general health and fitness. Try it I’m sure you’ll like it!
If you’d like to try it, you can book in with Robyn by contacting us at email@example.com or calling 01454 838366.