Running Injury & Recovery
How to video a runner’s gait?
Trying to look at the images on a camera or phone screen is not really good enough, so a link or an upload to a larger screen is advised. Then play the videos back using the slow motion and freeze-frame or frame-by-frame jog forward buttons.
On occasions more will be revealed about the true running style if recorded when tired. It is advisable to go for a decent run and then look at the gait on the treadmill or track and you will see more changes than when feeling fresh.
On the track, point the camera from lane two at the end of the bend down lane one and have the runner run around the inside lane. Start the recording as the runner comes around the bend and the camera should pick them up as they go past. Try to capture the same sections of the body as described above. (Flats or spikes are best – barefoot will make you sore)!
What to look for – the running gait check list:
Pelvis – dip/sway/anterior tilt
Picture 1 – T
Knee rotation – can you see the hamstrings?
If the gluteal strength is poor and the hip flexor and iliotibial band is too tight then the leg rotates inwards. When this happens the hamstring tendons are not ‘square’ behind the knee. The inside hamstring is seen more in the middle of the picture and the outside hamstring is disappearing around to the outside of the knee. In this case look to strengthen your gluteals and lengthen the hip flexor and iliotibial band.
Mid-foot – is the big toe on the inside of foot?
Is there a mid-foot bulge on the inside of the foot?