Parkway Running Injury Clinic
For an injured runner, there are several options available for treatment. In many cases, a clinician performs some form of gait analysis. However, most clinical gait assessments are performed either visually or using a 2-dimensional (2D) approach and a single video camera which is cumbersome, inaccurate, and non-scientific.
The advent of 3-dimensional (3D) biomechanical analysis allows for very accurate measurement of gait biomechanics. As motion capture companies evolve, and the price for technology is reduced, 3D motion capture systems are now more affordable.
More importantly, as our research continues to progress, we have developed automated data analysis methods and algorithms for understanding injury aetiology and optimization of treatment.
In partnership with the University of Calgary, the Parkway Running Injury Clinic uses 3D gait analysis and assessment of strength, flexibility and alignment to diagnose, treat and prevent running injuries. There are currently two services offered in the Running Injury Clinic:
We use a 3 camera Vicon system to analyze all three planes of movement at your pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet. The Vicon system is the same technology used to make video games at companies such as EA Sport.
When you arrive, we will prepare a pair of neutral shoes for you to run in. We’ll ask you some questions regarding your sport level and intensity of training, and any injuries you may have. Then we will place reflective markers at your pelvis, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Once the computer and cameras are calibrated we will take three different measures. The first is while you stand still; the second is at a walking pace of 2.5 mph; the third is at your jogging pace, usually 5.5 to 6.5 mph. The amount of actual running is relatively short as the measurements can be taken in 50 seconds. The rest of the run is to find your comfort and pace on the treadmill.
Using this system, we take measurements of 17 of your gait variables and instantly compare them to the University of Calgary database. All the variables are defined and provided to you in a report that you can take back to your clinician, coach or trainer. These professionals can use this information to help you find the areas that need the most work. With your permission, we will add your data to the research. Our goal is to create the world’s largest database of running injury research.
Time: 1 hour
We begin by performing the same 3-dimensional assessment as above. Then we take scientific measurements to assess your lower body strength, flexibility and alignment. Once we enter this data, all measurements will be instantly analyzed through the University of Calgary program.
In the final part of this analysis, physiotherapist and Clinic Director, JR Justesen will review and explain your results. You will receive a report of your findings as well as specific recommendations of strength and flexibility exercises, and general recommendations regarding foot orthotics and shoe selection.
This assessment provides an understanding of the cause of your symptoms, our experience provides the diagnosis. Some wish to return for retesting but if we do our job well then we hope that you will not have to return. The University of Calgary reports 92% good to excellent results with running injuries within 6 -8 weeks. We hope to equal this success at Parkway and will do our best to improve upon this service every year.
Stay tuned to the Parkway Physiotherapy newsletter for updates on improvements and evolutions to the Running Injury Clinic.
The Full Gait Assessment is designed for:
- Injured running athletes of all levels
- Runners looking to prevent an injury
- Runners wanting to improve their performance
Time: 2 hours