Performance Gait Analysis

What is Performance Gait Analysis?

Gait Analysis is the systematic study of the human motion, using the eye of the observers through an instrument capturing motion and measuring body movements, body mechanics, and the activity of the muscles being engaged. It is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another.

Gait analysis is used to assess the way we walk or run in order to highlight any biomechanical abnormalities, and then to be able to accurately treat individuals with such abnormalities that are affecting their ability to walk or run. Gait analysis is also commonly used in sports biomechanics to help athletes identify posture-related or movement-related issues.

Why get a gait analysis?

  • Have you been running the same times for the past several years, assuming you have hit your peak?
  • Do you find yourself hobbling days after hard training sessions feeling like you injured something?
  • Do your joints ache at the thought of training?
  • Are you frustrated?

For years we only thought of Olympic caliber athletes and top collegiate athletic programs utilizing gait analysis to do video motion capturing and compiling still still images, to then analyze the information to make athletes faster and stronger based on the findings of the analysis. Well, times have changed. Such high tech, state of the art equipment can be found in sports chiropractic offices, sports testing labs and in some cases, athletic and sports based performance enhancement training studios.

FAST Personal Training is now offering, in studio, a full gait analysis to those wanting to be able to move more efficiently while avoiding injuries. Running is utilized in 90% of all sports we play here in the United States. So, not just for runners, but for that athlete that plays football, softball or basketball and can’t figure out why he/she keeps pulling their hamstring or torquing their knee… and the list goes on.

Having joints capable of providing sufficient movement and muscles capable of producing sufficient force is vital in generating an efficient gait cycle. If your joints are stiff (usually caused by muscle tightness), limiting range of motion, or muscles are weak, the body must find ways of compensating for the problem, leading to biomechanical abnormalities. (ie. overpronation, oversupination, increased Q angle, hip hitching, limited ankle dorsiflexion, or pelvic tilt either anterior, posterior or lateral).

The cost of the analysis is $199. The analysis will include the following:

  • Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for a fully detailed analysis.
  • Multiple still images with angles inserted for comparison of left to right and top to bottom half of the subject running.
  • A frame-by-frame break down of the video motion captured using multiple plains of angles for measuring purposes.
  • A soft copy of all images and videos captured as well as the individualized detailed notebook of the findings and corrections areĀ emailed within 2-weeks of performing the analysis.
  • A Free strength program (if needed).
  • A Free stretching program (if needed).
  • A Free physician recommendation (if needed due to joint and or bone abnormalities).
  • A FREE follow up assessment within 8-12 weeks of the originally scheduled analysis, which will include video motion capturing, and still images just as the previous analysis.
  • A 20% discount for additional services towards one-on-one coaching including personal training.
  • A hard copy CD/DVD is mailed with the entire analysis as well as the test subject’s complete journal notebook of programs and recommendations.