Last week we presented a four part series demystifying what gait analysis is, what it isn't, and how it can help athletes identify compensations and dysfunction in their movement patterns. Today, we show you an example of the kind of results we achieve with athletes who go through our gait analysis, and adhere to our follow-up strength training program. Seeing is believing!
To give you some background, the athlete in the video below is a mid-pack competitor who has been competing for nearly 30 years. She has done road races of all distances including marathons, and has competed in more than 80 triathlons from sprint distances to three Ironman races.
This is one strong lady, right? Sure, if you define "strong" as the ability to go out and run 10 miles any day of the week. But this is where most athletes get confused. Someone can have outstanding fitness, yet be far from a complete, functionally-strong athlete working at their true potential.
In fact, this client presented with some of the most severe movement dysfunction we had seen--certainly in the top five of athletes we have worked with. She came to us with the all too familiar litany of loss of efficiency, being stuck in a performance plateau, and cycles of recurring injury.
Our detailed look at her body's quality of movement showed tremendous weaknesses, asymmetries, and compensations from years of training and simply living a modern lifestyle (lots of sitting while working hunched over a computer). As you watch the "before" video you will see outrageous instability and lack of strength causing her to "leak speed" with every footfall on the run. Is that you too? (We'll talk more about the issue of "leaking" speed in upcoming posts.)
Seems almost hopeless? Not in the least.
Our gait analysis allowed us to identify the serious compensations in her movement patterns getting to the ROOT CAUSES of her issues. Her weaknesses and compensations were addressed and treated from a whole body perspective. We put her on a training program of functional strength-building exercises to correct her asymmetries, and build her stability, strength, mobility and flexibility. She adhered to the training with great dedication.
Wen you watch the "after" video, you will see DECADES of dysfunctional movement REVERSED. The effects are so dramatic that another client asked if her "hip drop" was corrected by adding heel lifts in her shoes? Absolutely NOT! What you see is strength and stability BUILT INTO her body. That solid, balanced core is ready to be called upon to support all she wants to achieve in training and racing--not to mention it makes her healthier overall.
This client remains "all in" for the long term and continues to build on her new, great form. She is getting faster and stronger with each passing month.
There is no doubt this dedicated triathlete can go out and conquer any goal she sets--and with a much, much lower risk of injury. She is ready for her performance to soar!
Enough talking! See for yourself!