Running Biomechanical Assessments


Running Biomechanical Assessments

Running assessments are for anyone looking to improve their running efficiency, speed and to address or prevent the causes of injuries.

At Tokyo Physio we see all types of runners every day. We were the official physiotherapy provider for Mara Yamauchi in her preparation for the Beijing Olympics, where she finished 6th in the Women’s Marathon, the highest ever placing by any British athlete.

Many of the injuries we see have a root cause in the patient’s running biomechanics. We treat a full range of running injuries including ankle paincalf muscle painhip painknee painlower back pain and mid back pain. We also offer biomechanics assessments for athletes who are not injured but looking to improve their performance and prevent injuries form occurring.

A mechanically efficient runner is more economical. Understanding movement of the whole body in relation to running and the laws of motion are required for efficient and effective running.

Combining video analysis with comprehensive history and physical inspection of body movement, allows identification of effective and ineffective technique and diagnosis of potential causes of injury. Filming is done from the front, rear and both sides using specialist sports biomechanics software. In conjunction with a biomechanical screening, any individual factors compromising performance can be identified and addressed.

We provide unique analysis taking into account your individual strengths and flexibility. We assess your individual running mechanics and recommend changes depending on the type of runner you are and the events you are targeting. We also recommend specific programs to assist in the management of any ongoing problems to get you back to running.

Please bring the following for the running assessment:

  • Current running shoes (racing flats if using)
  • Orthotics (if using)
  • Shorts/tights
  • Running top/singlet/crop-top

The assessment will take 60-90 minutes. A video analysis and written report is included.

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