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Full body running analysis

Run faster, better and injury free

Improve your running technique with a full body running analysis – by Salming RunLAB

Would you like to run faster with less effort? 
Are you interested in decreasing the likelihood of getting injured?
Would you like to get individualized recommendation how to improve
your running technique and what exercises that will help you get there?

What ever the reasons are, if you want to get a better runner and
have more fun with your sport, Salming RunLAB™ has the tool for you
- a Full-body Running Analysis.

What is Salming RunLAB?

A unique running assessment service

At Salming RunLAB runners of any skill level can come and get their running style analyzed. 
Salming RunLAB is equipped with advanced motion capture technology from
Qualisys that measures movements in 3D space. The technology is used by elite athletes, 
physiotherapists and researchers of biomechanics, and gives a scientific analysis
of the whole body when you run - Full-body Running Analysis.

The report you will get not only include the analysis, it also contains a full training
program to strengthen certain muscles, increase your movability in certain areas
or co-ordinations drills that will help you improve your running technique.

The analysis takes place in the Salming RunLAB™ in Raleigh, Zürich and Prague.
The entire session takes just under 45 minutes.
Our test requires that you are 15 years old or older.

Here is how it works

1The runner runs on a treadmill for ten minutes. the system records everything.
2The trainer gives a first input and a preliminary web report is presented.
3The trainer goes through the results in detail and gives initial recommendations.
4After one hour the complete test is done and the runner gets his or her complete web report.
5The report shows a range of 30 key parameters for good running technique.
6The runner can watch four videos to assess his or. her technique
7There are coaching tips to improve the running posture and technique.
8An individual training program, with explanations and videos is included.
9The runner also gets a login to the website for more information and access to all his or her data.

This is what you get

A Salming full body running analysis and how to improve your running

  • A Full-body assessment of your running technique, using 8 Motion Capture Cameras, which can take 400 frames per/s.
  • A comparison of your running biomechanics to our extensive database of elite runners.
  • Our Expert Running coach personal evaluation of your Running technique with observations and recommendations.
  • Individualized recommendations for training exercises (movability, strength and co-ordination) that will help to improve your technique and performance.
  • Two animated 3D videos your running skeleton from front and side view. Give you insight into how your running biomechanics actually works.
  • Two “real life” videos showing your running from front and side view.
  • A scientific and extensive web based report of the results of your running technique assessment.
  • A training program, including movability exercises and/or co-ordinations drills and/or strengthen exercises

What's measured?

The report includes graphs, tables and data for the following parameters, all data available at the various speeds tested.

  • Steps/min (cadence)
  • Step length
  • Contact time
  • Flight time
  • Pelvis height
  • Pelvis obliquity
  • Pelvis tilt
  • Pelvis rotation
  • Knee angle
  • Ankle flexion
  • Foot rotation (pronation, supination)
  • Foot contact (heel, mid foot, forefoot)
  • Frontal ankle path
  • Sagittal ankle path
  • Shoulder – pelvis flexion
  • Shoulder pelvis lateral flexion
  • Shoulder pelvis rotation
  • Elbow angle
  • Elbow path
  • Wrist path
  • Contact in relation to center of gravity

See an example of a complete Full-body running report.

How to book

The Science

By getting your running analysis done, you will also participate in a big science project on human running mechanics. In the long-term, the collected data will help scientists further understand what makes a good running technique, how to discover injuries earlier, and how to avoid injuries altogether.

Various research reports indicate that as much as 40-70% of all runners have at least one injury each year. Even the smallest deviation from good technique can cause injury or otherwise decrease running performance. This is inherent to the repetitive nature of running. As a runner you take approximately 1000 steps per kilometer and in each step the force/load on your body is 3-5 times your body weight. While many injuries might first appear minor, they can become more serious over time if not properly treated.

What causes this high % of injuries? It is certainly more complicated than simply picking the right running shoe.

This is why good running technique is so important. But what defines good running technique?
To answer that question we have created an extensive database of the biomechanics of uninjured elite runners. By comparing runners to this database, we can detect unusual patterns in their running style.

It’s a given that improving your running technique will enable you to run faster with less effort, but research also shows that “developing a better running stride mechanics and neuromuscular control is shown to be effective in preventing injury” (Runners’ World).

Our approach towards this is the Salming Running Wheel, centered around a hub, with five spokes.

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