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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 have an analysis?
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: Virtual Gait Analysis: Is it 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: 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 focus of treatment is often on a single area of injury. Let's say you have chronic problems with your piriformis. Many times your 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 and our own proprietary 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 ONE ELSE 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 is not found in any other training system.

Lastly, we provide you 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.

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Q: Do I have to have an injury to have a Virtual Gait Analysis?

A: Absolutely not.
If you are 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 VGA. 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. Connecting with 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 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 and detailed 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 help you. It is not unusual for clients to schedule repeat analyses. Don't hesitate if you feel that's what you need. PAP staff members are also available via email for questions on your progress.

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: Virtual Gait Analysis: Is it effective?

A: Yes, without question. We get results for you. We will give you simple, clear guidelines regarding everything from shooting the video to lighting, angles to be shot, and movements to perform, etc. We'll help you submit the best possible video for the best possible analysis.

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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 work with 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're in the right place. 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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