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Pursuit Athletic Performance FAQ

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Q: Why should I do gait analysis rather than see my physical therapist?
Q: Do I have to have an injury to come to the Gait Lab?
Q: How many visits will I need to make to the Gait Lab?
Q: How many athletes have you helped? Can you show me some results?
Q: How many times a week do I have to do the exercises?
Q: How long does it take to see results?
Q: How will you develop a plan for me?
Q: How will I know if I am progressing over time? And, how can we assess that if I live far away?
Q: Can we do gait analysis by video if I live a long distance away? Is it as effective?
Q: Gait analysis is only for elite athletes or people who are really fast, right?
Q: I’m a cyclist and swimmer, why might I need a gait analysis?
Q: I am a top age grouper at the peak of my game? Why would gait analysis be of value to me?
Q: OK, I’m in! How do I prepare for and/or what do I bring to my gait analysis appointment?


Q: Why should I do gait analysis rather than see my physical therapist?

A: This is an important question, so let’s take the time to break it down and answer it thoroughly.

There are a number of ways that gait analysis at Pursuit Athletic Performance (PAP) differs from a typical course of physical therapy (PT). In PT, the sole focus of treatment is on a single area of injury. Let’s say you have chronic problems with your piriformis. A physical therapist will select exercises to rehab that isolated area. By contrast, we see injury as a glaring signal indicating serious problems in your overall movement patterns that MUST be addressed and treated from a whole body perspective. We delve deep in testing and assessments to not only heal the acute problem, but to find and resolve the ROOT CAUSE of your injury or issue–once and for all.

How we gather information for our analysis ensures there is no guess work as to the nature of your issue, injury, or performance plateau. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including gait analysis video software, the Functional Movement System, and on-table assessments. Taken together, the metrics and data from these assessments create a complete picture of the function–and dysfunction–of YOUR PERSONAL movement patterns. A typical physical therapist does not have access to our tools and technology, and, thus, cannot replicate our comprehensive, holistic diagnostic evaluation. Quite simply, there is NO OTHER FACILITY offering this sophisticated level of analysis anywhere. Our clients tell us we resolve issues that armies of different experts–often consulted over many years, sometimes decades–have not

We know the most advanced technology in the world is of little value without correct and skilled interpretation. PAP is unique in that it combines the athletic acumen of Al Lyman, a nationally recognized endurance sports coach, with the clinical expertise of chiropractic sports physician, Dr. Kurt Strecker. Again, this combination of professionals–both of whom work with you–is not found in any other facility.

A physical therapist is not licensed to diagnose an injury. We are. In most cases, physical therapists are not licensed to make diagnoses. We are. We can also order any additional tests that are needed including X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, blood studies, etc. Furthermore, a physical therapist is often required to treat several people simultaneously, with the typical patient-to-therapist ratio being 5 to 1. At PAP, we treat one person at a time. We think you’re worth it!

Lastly, you leave PAP with CUSTOMIZED, LONG-TERM TRAINING PLANS. We TEACH you how to execute the program specifically and precisely. You will recover from injury and work to prevent future injury. Over time, you will reverse bad biomechanics, override compensatory movements, get stronger, be more balanced, and be ready to explore–perhaps for the first time ever–what your TRUE TRAINING POTENTIAL can be. You will be a better athlete and healthier than ever before. This, from what we observe with our clients, is not the typical outcome from a course of physical therapy.

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Q: Do I have to have an injury to come to the Gait Lab?

A: Absolutely not.
If you come to us broken, we’ll fix you. There’s no doubt about that. Many of the runners, triathletes, and other athletes we see have dealt with recurring and chronic injury for many years–often at the same physical site. We get them on the road to recovery, and more importantly, to a place where subsequent injury is FAR less likely.

However, if you are currently NOT injured, but are prone to breaking down as you train and race, you are the perfect candidate for the Gait Lab. If you are at the top of your game, but know intuitively there’s “more in there” and wonder what’s holding you back, we can help you reach ultimate athleticism. Coming in to see us BEFORE INJURY sets you back is one of the best decisions you can make in order to reach your training and racing goals.

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Q: How many visits will I need to make to the Gait Lab?

A: Our gait analysis system involves two initial visits. In the first visit, we collect all the data needed to assess your injuries, weaknesses, imbalances, gait, and overall movement patterns. In the second visit, we present our findings and a comprehensive treatment plan. We teach you right then and there how to begin resolving your personal weaknesses. We precisely review your execution of every single exercise we prescribe, and provide detailed video tutorials and other written documents to support your progress.

After those first two sessions, additional visits are optional. Many clients enjoy returning time and again. We are always available to meet with you to monitor your progress here in the lab. If you live some distance away and can’t easily return, we can use Skype, video, or other technologies to make sure you are moving forward. Long-term relationships with clients are mutually rewarding. Just ask us, and together we will work out how to help you progress over the long term.

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Q: How many athletes have you helped? Can you show me some results?

A: Our list of success stories and satisfied clients is growing daily. Check our testimonials page and feel free to contact us if you would like to speak to any of our clients directly about their experience here. We challenge you to challenge us! We believe in what we do, and we know NO ONE DOES IT BETTER.

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Q: How many times a week do I have to do the exercises?

A: Many of the initial changes we seek involve retraining how your brain communicates with your body. At first, frequent practice is essential–at least once per day for the first two weeks or so. After that initial period of time, the exact number of practice training sessions is variable, depending on your goals, areas of strengths/ weakness, and your overall desire to improve. We determine frequency goals with you.

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Q: How long does it take to see results?

A: Very often improvements are noticed in our first training session together. Awareness of how you are moving and improvements in brain-to-body communication often result in instant learning and improved movement. Beyond these initial stages of learning, progress is variable with each person, but very often we see dramatic improvements in health and performance in as little as 2 to 3 weeks.

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Q: How will you develop a plan for me?

A: We’ll start by collecting a ton of data! The metrics and data from our clinical assessment, the Functional Movement Screen, and detailed run/walk video analysis are combined to identify how you move, as well as how you compensate for your weaknesses. We will have a clear view of your strength level, flexibility, mobility, and stability of your various body parts.

The findings are assembled into a COMPREHENSIVE written plan. We guide you step-by-step through the plan, and teach you how to do the training. We instruct you to MOVE WITH PRECISION to help you to become aware of what you are doing, and how you are doing it. It’s very important that you also learn how to ramp up the training as you get stronger and more stable. We teach you how to do that too. Trust us, you will be CHALLENGED! All plans come with detailed illustrated instructions and support videos that you can refer to as needed.

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Q: How will I know if I am progressing over time? And, how can we assess that if I live far away?

A: The first question is a perfect one to ask some of our clients! We know they will tell you that perhaps for the first time in decades, they FEEL BETTER FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Treatment is based upon multiple progressions of various movements or exercises. As you are able to master one level, you move to higher and higher levels of difficulty, affirming that you are progressing.

Over time, you notice you are more balanced and much stronger. You move with greater ease and fluidity. SPEED RETURNS without injury. You see how training to your true potential is now possible. Our clients tell us that no matter how satisfying it is to be able to train more effectively, the feeling of being TRULY HEALTHY and well is an immensely rewarding benefit of their work with us.

We are always accessible to meet with you to monitor your progress here in the lab. It is not unusual for clients to schedule repeat sessions. Don’t hesitate if you feel that’s what you need. PAP staff members are also available via email for questions on your progress.

If you live some distance away and can’t easily return, we’ll work together to monitor your progress. We can use Skype, video you send us, and other similar tools–including still photos if necessary–to help you progress. We are WITH YOU every step of the way, if you would like us to be!

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Q: Can we do gait analysis by video if I live a long distance away? Is it as effective?

A: Yes, we can do remote analysis. A remote analysis is less optimal than a session in-person, but it is done with good results. We will give you guidelines* regarding the quality of the video and lighting, angles to be shot, and movements to perform, etc. How the video is presented greatly impacts our ability to provide a comprehensive assessment. We’ll help you submit the best possible video for the best possible analysis.

*Plans are underway to develop a “filming guidelines”” document — but we will help you with suggestions how to best prepare a video for us. You can also visit Coach Al’s “Coaching” section to see an actual example of an filmed gait video submitted for review, along with his comments.

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Q: Gait analysis is only for elite athletes or people who are really fast, right?

A: NOT AT ALL! Gait analysis is not reserved for the elite athlete or top age-groupers. Far from it. Our clients range from Ironman world championship age-group record holders to back-of-the-pack racers. We treat high school athletes and senior citizens. We are dedicated to helping ALL ATHLETES become stronger, faster, and more injury-resistant. If you want to strive to reach the next level in your training and, at the same time, secure a healthier way of being, then you are right for the Gait Lab. Where you rank does not matter in the least.

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Q: I’m a cyclist and swimmer, why might I need a gait analysis?

A: If you look up the definition of gait, you will find it defined as “a manner of movement.” What we do here at the PAP Gait Lab isn’t necessarily about running, per se. It’s about allowing people in any sport to ACHIEVE GREAT OVERALL ATHLETICISM through strong movement skills and good health.

We use our gait analysis system to seek answers to questions such as:

  • What are your greatest muscular weaknesses?
  • How functionally balanced and symmetrical are you?
  • Where is your greatest chance for chronic injury likely to occur?

The feedback from these questions, among many others, contribute to how strong, fast, and accomplished an athlete you can be. We know great cycling is much more than just pushing on the pedals, and fast swimming is far more than muscling through the water. At PAP, we want to help you move better, be more balanced and develop your overall athleticism, in order to reach your ultimate potential in WHATEVER YOUR CHOSEN SPORT.

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Q: I am a top age grouper at the peak of my game? Why would gait analysis be of value to me?

A: Quite simply, if you believe you have reached your potential and have no desire to be faster or better — or if you believe you cannot be injured, then gait analysis is NOT for you. So, stay home.

BUT, if you have a DESIRE and believe you could be faster; and really improve your game — PLUS, would like to be more injury-resistant, then gait analysis is a MUST.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out our testimonials. Ask us for other references. Visit the blog of Todd Kenyon, and TTBike Fit and read the story of Lisbeth Kenyon — You know… Yes, THAT Lis: back-to-back-AG-world-champ-and-fastest-woman-over-40-EVER-to-race-at-Kona-who-came-for-gait-analysis-AFTER-breaking-the-course-record-by-25-minutes. Yes, AFTER… So, watch out!

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Q: OK, I’m in! How do I prepare for and/or what do I bring to my gait analysis appointment?

A: Some basic guidelines include completing our INTAKE FORMand ALSO IMPORTANT: Please avoid putting moisturizers on your legs/arms the day of your assessment as markers may be placed or drawn on your skin to enhance visibility. Also, these basics, as listed below.

Gold Gait Analysis Intake Form

Please complete our intake form prior to your appointment.

  • Current running or walking shoes
  • Previous pair of running or walking shoes if your current pair is brand new (or other past shoes that you have questions on)
  • Current pair of orthotics – if you have them
  • Shorts – as short or form fitting as possible
  • A t-shirt, tank top or sports bra (if you feel comfortable wearing this for the analysis) – as form fitting as possible, not black if possible
  • A pair of comfortable socks
  • A hair elastic if you have long hair
  • A list of any questions/concerns you might want to have answered

But, please don’t hesitate to CONTACT US ahead of time if you have further questions or concerns.

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