Remote gait analysis. It sounds intriguing and like something you might want to know about, but what is the point of it?
There are 3 BROAD AREAS where it can help and provide valuable insights and these can come in a convenient way that doesn’t require a trip to a clinic or lab.
THE FIRST and most commonly requested area is injury prevention and recovery. By comprehensively profiling how a runner moves mechanically during their normal workouts in their normal environment it can be possible to identify mechanical dysfunctions and deficits and understand their impact on injury risk or recovery progress.
SECOND this type of gait analysis can provide useful information on mechanical efficiency and hence highlight areas for performance improvement. And thirdly and thanks to some smart features in the Runscribe app, this kind of detailed gait signature documentation can be used very effectively to compare the effects of different terrains and more importantly different shoe selections.
THIRD and by far the most prolific area where we see runner’s turning to RunScribe for answers is for better understanding why they have been getting injuries and what they can do to stop injuries in the future. As anyone who has worked in the sports medical field can attest to, helping runners in this way is particularly challenging because the problem can, in many cases be very multifactorial in nature. Factors for example such as shoe choice, workout terrain and environment, workout frequency and training volume, quality of pre-workout ‘warm-up’, functional strength, joint mobility and more can all be influential.
This is a key reason why in general a number of wearable technology solutions have failed at their objective of reducing injury rate in runners. We’ve seen over the years that it is extremely hard to successfully and consistently help runners significantly reduce their chance of injury when the technology only provides some of the information required to understand the issues and their context.
The other major problem limiting the effectiveness of wearables in helping runners with injury risk is the so-what-now factor. So the technology shows you a host of numbers on a screen, but what do the numbers really mean? And how do they relate specifically to that runner? And what should the runner do about them?
This is why, in a search for a better and more complete solution for runners, RunScribe and Runfisix are teaming up to provide a package deal of both the technology and an expert gait analysis based on the data RunScribe creates. In effect giving the runner a complete solution to understanding their immediate gait related concerns as well as the means to regularly monitor this themselves over time or conveniently perform follow-up comparisons over time.
To achieve this Runfisix will be leveraging their 6 plus years of experience of wearable and remote gait analysis and professional assessments of more than 4000 runners worldwide. They will also be matching RunScribe’s most advanced and complete set of in depth metrics with their proprietary data analysis methods to enable a multi-perspective view of the runner’s mechanics. With each cluster of metrics analyzed within their appropriate environmental, anatomical, physiological and mechanical context. An approach that has proven itself over the past year with case by case testing on more than 100 runners in North America, Europe and Africa.
The package is being offered at a total cost of $399 for which the runner gets a set of RunScribe footpods and a charging unit, the RunScribe application, a RunScribe setup and data collection guide and a complete expert gait analysis of a collected sample of data. This product is open to runners of all levels anywhere in the world. All you need is a pair of running shoes and the willingness to passively record your workouts no matter where you run.
Be it on tracks, roads, trails or treadmills we can collect and assess it all.
You can BUY THE PACKAGE HERE