A Guide to Treadmill Running Analysis

Let's not complicate running analysis! If you have a treadmill & some simple props you are in business. Let me show you how to apply "The S's of Treadmill Analysis™" to break down a runner's form in a matter of minutes.


If you work with runners, needless to say, it's important to watch them run considering that running is a hierarchical skill. While a lot of people are intimidated & overwhelmed by the technology & available apps on the market, very rarely are they needed. In this guide, I will provide you with a simple & practical, evidence-based framework for performing a running analysis.

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"The S's of Treadmill Running Analysis™"

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STRIKE - FOOTSTRIKE

SOUND - SOUND OF CONTACT

STEP RATE - AKA "CADENCE"

SPEED - VELOCITY

SHOES - IMPACT OF FOOTWEAR

SLOPE - EFFECT OF INCLINE

SWING - SWING PHASE

SHANK - ANGLE OF SHIN @ CONTACT

STEP WIDTH - PRESENCE OF CROSSOVER

WHY I DEVELOPED THIS GUIDE

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT MOST MEDICAL & FITNESS PROFESSIONALS SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO AN INSTRUMENTED TREADMILL. FURTHERMORE, I'VE CONSULTED SEVERAL RUNNERS WHO SOUGHT THE CARE OF A CLINICIAN OR FACILITY WITH ALL THE BELLS & WHISTLES YET THEY STILL NOT RETURNED TO CONSISTENT & HEALTHY RUNNING. CONSIDERING THE AVAILABLE LITERATURE ON THIS TOPIC IT'S READILY APPARENT THAT WE CAN APPLY A SIMPLE FRAMEWORK NOT ONLY FOR ANALYZING ONE'S RUNNING GAIT BUT ALSO FOR THE SAKE OF GAIT RETRAINING. I CAN'T WAIT TO HELP YOU GET DIALED ON CONDUCTING A SIMPLE TREADMILL ANALYSIS WITH EQUIPMENT YOU LIKELY ALREADY HAVE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Johnson is a Seattle based physical therapist, performance coach, international speaker, and multiple time Kona qaulifier. He graduated from the University of Delaware (UD) as a scholar-athlete and was the captain of the Men's tennis team during his senior year. He remained at UD to earn his master's degree before relocating to New York City to accept a position at the world-renowned Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine & Athletic Trauma (NISMAT). He currently resides with his wife & two kids in Seattle and is the founder/director of Zeren PT LLC, which provides physical therapy and performance coaching for endurance athletes.

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