• Perform Blog: No barriers to Performance with Expert Analysis

By Shaun Wheatcroft
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
CLIENT: Perform

Have you ever wanted to improve your running technique but never had the resources or knowledge? Perform at St. George’s Park; home of the England football teams at the National Football Centre may be able to provide a solution.

The Perform Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent has a new service called The Gait Lab – a running assessment which utilises an array of tools and expertise to best analyse your running technique. The Gait Lab is beneficial to those who would like to address and enhance their running ability. Whether you’re an elite athlete, or you just like to run in your spare time, a gait analysis can help you identify how to improve your performance, prevent injuries and manage existing injuries which will enable you to maximise your potential.

The Gait Lab housed in the Human Performance facility provides an objective assessment of your running mechanics in order to understand the under-lying cause of an injury and provide you with an evidence-based, long-term solution to the problem. Poor running mechanics can reduce the efficiency of the running cycle resulting in increased injury risk.

The Gait Lab uses pressure software and kinematic assessment to provide a rounded view of musculoskeletal dysfunctions which may attribute to your running related issues. Whilst running on the treadmill, Perform’s physiotherapists will analyse your kinematic movement patterns, and then identify any potential deficits, asymmetries or imbalances to your running technique. Where necessary, the physiotherapy team will then be able to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation programme addressing any of the movement incompetence’s that may be present.

Physiotherapy lead, Paul Williamson said: “At Perform, we are able to use our expertise to identify specific problems that may result in injury. Using an array of kinematic analysis tools, we are able to provide vital information for a more efficient running technique and ultimately enhance performance.”

Assessments are undertaken by Perform Physios Jake Austin and Harvey Maguire. Jake is an England U21 Physiotherapist and has post graduate qualifications in Strength & Conditioning, while Harvey has previously worked with The FA, GB Skiing and Snowboarding, as well as British Athletics.

This type of assessment is ideal for all types of runners and inclusive to all disciplines, especially to those taking part in athletics, triathlons or obstacle runs and is available to both teams and individuals.

For more information regarding the services provided by Perform at St. George’s Park, including Perform’s private physiotherapy services, please visit www.spireperform.com/st-georges-park or contact the Perform team on 01283 576 333 or email stgeorgespark@spireperform.com.