Spring is in the air and that means the Boston Marathon is around the corner! The triathlon, cycling and field sport seasons are heating up too! It’s a great time to get your season off to the best start ever with an in-depth look at how your body is moving.
What can our gait/movement analysis tell you? To start….
- Where are you leaking speed?
- Why are you stuck in a performance plateau?
- Do you have hot spots ripe for injury?
- Injured regularly? We’ll figure out why
- How will you hold up to training?
- How will you ultimately perform?
- You KNOW you can go faster, but nothing is working?
For many athletes, gait analysis provides the missing link to resolving all of those questions.
We can help you start 2012 in the most empowered way possible with a custom gait analysis for yourself or a loved one. On-site and online options available.
True gait analysis is not a generic exercise, but is a scientifically-based and technically precise process. It is highly individualized. At PAP, we systematically attack YOUR weaknesses while enhancing YOUR strengths.
We teach you a specific, precise way to progress that–over time–allows you train in a way that WILL unleash your ultimate potential. Novice or elite; front, middle or back-of-the-pack finisher, we work with all athletes.
You can be a runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete — you name it.
If you want to improve your performance, durability, resiliency, and SPEED while enhancing your overall quality of life, and greatly lower your risk for injury, we have the best program of its kind to help you meet your goals–and transcend beyond.
CLICK HERE AND GET STARTED! WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!
Gluteus maximus (Anv?ndare:Chrizz, CC BY-SA 3.0)
“Gluteal amnesia” is a great phrase coined by Stuart McGill, PhD, one of the world’s foremost experts on spine biomechanics. And you know what? Based on the athletes we see coming into our Gait Analysis Lab every day, you probably have it. And it’s not a good thing.
So much of athletic performance depends on the optimal functioning of your butt and all the gluteal muscles–maximus, medius and minimus–in concert with the functional integrity of your hips and pelvis. This is the powerhouse that generates propulsive athletic movement, and when functioning properly, is majorly important in helping to prevent injuries.
“Gluteal amnesia” is particularly detrimental to athletes. Many of us in modern society have lost our ability to engage the butt muscles and hips during exercise due to lifestyles that include a great deal of sitting, driving, being hunched over a computer, etc. When the ability to move correctly and with functional integrity is lost, performance is adversely affected for sure, and the risk of injury rises exponentially.
Functional Integity of the Pelvis & Hips: Gluteal Activation Enhances Athleticism and Injury Prevention, published in Dynamic Chiropractic, is a great article that goes in-depth on the importance of the function of the glutes, hips, and pelvis. It’s worth your time to read it for a deeper understanding of how important the issue is to your athletic performance.
We want to make clear, however, that overcoming “gluteal amnesia” is about more than simply strengthening the glutes. We encourage you to revisit our posts on functional strength training and authentic movement to learn more about the importance of establishing and owning a neutral pelvis, achieving muscular balance, and becoming stable. Getting functionally strong, activating your glutes, and strengthening your hips is far more than just throwing a bunch of exercises at your body, especially if you do them with bad form, or if they’re an incorrect exercise for you. We hope to help you put the pieces together to learn how exceptional athleticism is derived, then have you take action. Conquering overall “functional amnesia” is how to unlock your potential, and become the best athlete you can be.
Client Jess Withrow on the run at Ironman Louisville
A huge thank you to client Jess Withrow for writing Operation Rebuild, a smart, thoughtful, and funny blog post about her recent gait analysis experience here with us. Her post is the kind of feedback that buoys us here at the Gait Lab, and makes our work so gratifying.
The Doc and The Coach had me figured out and gave me possibly the most eye-opening experience I’ve EVER had. Sure, sure, I know my glutes are weak and my pelvis is anteriorly rotated. BUT! To see it on video…to have the visual of my hip dropping, my lats taking the day off while my traps work overtime, and to combine that with the knowledge from the Functional Movement Screen–NOW my eyes are wide open.
I got to work on my exercise program THAT NIGHT and I’m feeling significant changes already–after just one week.
One thing we know for sure is that Jess and her husband John, who also came in for a gait analysis, are athletes who “get it.” We know they are committed and will do the work to not only become “unbroken,” but to see their performance soar–leaving sub-par outcomes and injury in the rear view mirror.
Jess, thank you so much again for your kind words. Here’s to the VERY BEST 2012 season for both you and John!!