Running assessment

The first known run dates back to 490BC in ancient Greece when a messenger had to run from Marathon to Athens.

With the regular gym closures during the past two years of the health crisis, running has become popular as a low-cost activity that can be practiced without constraint in both summer and winter.

One might think that all you have to do is put on a pair of running shoes to run, and that’s not entirely untrue, but running requires a proper structure to be practiced in a safe and sustainable way and to prevent injuries as much as possible.

Our physiotherapists are certified by the Running Clinic and can intervene in the treatment and prevention of running-related injuries.

Why should you go through a running assessment? When is it necessary?

Any runner can have a running assessment, regardless of their level. There are several reasons why a runner may want to consult a physiotherapist about his or her practice. For example, it may be to manage an emerging or persistent pain, to prevent an injury, to help in choosing equipment, to reach a goal for a sporting event or to analyze one’s running pattern.

There are several parameters to consider when putting on your shoes for the first time (and every time after that): the type of shoes, your endurance, the weather conditions, your physical condition, your diet and your hydration.

A running assessment is a comprehensive and complete analysis designed to provide optimal and safe running conditions to minimize the risk of injury.

It is important to remember that running assessments are not only useful for beginners. In fact, many seasoned runners, sometimes marathon runners, also consult in physiotherapy, particularly for the treatment of injuries, either to the knee, foot or ankle.

So, to summarize, whether you want to start running, analyze your running biomechanics, improve your performance or simply prevent injuries, a running assessment is a service for you!

What does the running assessment program look like?

This program is delivered by physiotherapists and has different components.

Each follow-up begins with an evaluation to determine the patient’s goals. During the first appointment, the therapist will discuss your goals and the adjustments to cover during the program.

The evaluation also includes an analysis of your movements and the muscles involved in running. This is to determine their flexibility, strength and mobility. Thus, if your therapist sees any weaknesses, they will be addressed during your follow-up.

Another important component is the analysis of your running pattern. In other words, your running biomechanics or the way you perform the movement, and your cadence or number of steps per minute. The purpose is to identify possible mistakes in your movements that could increase your risk of injury, so you can correct them.

Your physiotherapist will discuss potential flaws with you to see if they are risk factors and worth modifying. Because every runner is different, you cannot expect everyone to run (or walk) the same way.

Your running shoes will also be examined. If your shoes are not adapted or are too worn, your therapist will be able to guide you in purchasing a new pair.

Following the analysis of your running, your physiotherapist will be able to set up a treatment plan adapted to your needs and goals. This could include education on exercises for strengthening and balance, a training program or advice on your running technique or equipment.

What does the Running Clinic physiotherapist training look like?

Our physiotherapists at CMI Cliniques who perform running assessments are all certified by the Running Clinic, a world-renowned organization specializing in the prevention of running-related injuries.

Therapists are required to develop many skills, including understanding the biomechanics of running; the relationship between running injuries and anatomy, biomechanics and muscle strength; as well as analyzing and modifying running patterns in a clinical context and in relation to specific pathologies, all supported by the latest scientific evidence.

In short, our therapists, who are experts in running, are trained with the intention of offering you the best possible care and responding to your needs.

So, if you suffer from pain related to running, if you want to start this activity with confidence or if you need help in choosing the right equipment (shoes), make an appointment with one of our health professionals!

How can you make an appointment at CMI Longueuil for a running assessment?

Do you want to have your running analyzed for a specific pain or for prevention? Our team at CMI Longueuil is ready to help you! Make an appointment directly on our website.

Remember to bring comfortable clothing, ideally sportswear, as the physiotherapist will most likely have you move around during the evaluation. Also consider bringing clothing that allows you to expose the painful area. Don’t forget your face mask!

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