Poor techniques still negatively affect runners
Estimates show that nearly 70% of runners eventually become injured and 50% get injured each year1,2. While many of their injuries will appear minor, they can become more serious over time if not properly treated. Even the smallest deviation from good technique can cause injury or otherwise decrease running performance.
Runners get to hear that their injuries are caused by running. That’s not a very helpful analysis. After all, that’s what runners do: run. So then, what does cause injuries in runners? It is certainly more complicated than simply picking the right shoe.In the mid-1970s, a poll revealed that 60% reported chronic problems. More than 30 years later, another poll revealed that 66% of respondents had suffered an injury in 20093. So while the running industry has evolved, running techniques have not.
Running’s 65-%-injury and 10-%-absence rates could be significantly lower if runners knew more about the actual causes of injuries and made a few simple adjustments in their training schedules. In fact, research suggests that running injuries could be cut by around 25%4.
The most common injuries
There are many types of injuries that can occur to a runner, but there are some that are more common than others. The five anatomical ‘hotspots’ for running injuries are:
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome PFSS
- Jumper’s knee
- Achilles tendon tendinopathy
Five common running injuries.
Traditional analysis methods – Why is motion capture better?
This method involves recording your movement patterns while you walk and/or run to scientifically determine excessive or atypical movement patterns.
Video analysis generally focuses on a part of the body, usually the lower body, and typically only from one or two viewpoints. By only looking at the subject from the front, back or side, you won’t capture the full depth of the movements, and since rotations are not properly recorded you miss out on a lot of information.
While it is an upgrade to observation without technology, it can be considered a half-truth to the full-body 3D analysis’ full-truth.
The solution: A complete running analysis-package
Qualisys offers a complete running analysis solution that includes everything needed to set up a running analysis lab.
The Motion capture system
Qualisys Running analysis is powered by an advanced optical motion capture system for gathering accurate movement data. The mocap system consists of a number of Oqus cameras, typically around 8 to 12 cameras depending on the size and design of the lab. Measurements are made in 400 fps with sub-millimeter accuracy.
Qualisys Running analysis comes with an advanced Visual3D pipeline that performs full-body biomechanical analysis of the captured motion data. With feedback stemming from the analysis, you can isolate problem areas and pick up small nuances. Parameters such as pelvis height, knee angles, elbow and wrist path and more are calculated. In total, over 15 key parameters are calculated and presented in the final report.
Included in the Running analysis-solution
- Full-body analysis using motion capture technology
- 8–12 motion capture cameras (varies with lab size)
- Qualisys Track Manager software with PAF Running package
- Web-based report with a coach’s feedback & training advice
- Web-based booking system
The results of the analysis can be published on the web, for increased accessibility and easy sharing. The web report follows HTML5 standards and works on most standards-compliant browsers and devices.
The report contains basic parameters as well as more in-depth results in form of plotted time series and tabular data. In addition, the report can contain observations, recommendations and training advice from a running expert. The report can even include a personal exercise schedule.
A demo report can be seen here.
Are you interested?
Are you thinking about offering running analysis to clients? Get in touch with us and learn how you can turn your facility into a running analysis lab.
Web-based booking system
Running analysis sessions are easily booked with Qualisys web-based booking system.
Administrators can create bookable time slots which runners then can book. Runners can also log in and see upcoming analysis sessions and view past reports.
- 1 By definition, an ‘injury’ is a physical problem severe enough to force a reduction in training.
- 2 PhysioActive
- 3 Runner’s World
- 4 Sports Injury Bulletin