No, you do not have to be injured in order to benefit from a biomechanical assessment at Run3D. Even if you are new to running or run a very high mileage, motion analysis can be benefical in order to identify any biomechanical problems and help prevent the development of potential injuries.
- Do I have to have an injury to benefit from a Run3D assessment?
- Do I need to be referred to you by a doctor or other health professional?
No, you do not need to be referred for an assessment at Run3D. Anyone can book an assessment at any of our centers. Please see the link Run3D clinics to find your nearest clinic.
- How do I book an appointment?
Anyone can book an appointment by calling or emailing the centre you wish to visit- all details are on this website under Run3D Clinics.
- How is a Run3D assessment different than a Physiotherapy appointment?
Run3D offers you a unique and specialised service, which uses state-of-the-art technology to measure the way you run in three dimensions. It is unlikely that your physiotherapist has access to the specialist equipment that is required to carry-out an assessment of this type. Our gait analysis service is designed to complement the expertise of other practitioners, such as sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists, podiatrists, and other health care professionals.
- How long does it take for a Run3D assessment?
Your assessment time will vary slightly between clinics, as all of our assessments are individual and can be tailored to be unique to the client. However, as a guideline, our Run3D Gold assessment is 2-2.5 hours, the Run3D Silver assessment is 1-1.5 hours, gait retraining is 45 minutes - 1 hour, and the Fit to Run assessment is approximately 1 hour.
- I don't normally run on treadmills, is this going to affect my analysis?
Possibly! In order to make Run3D cost effective, we need to use a treadmill for our gait analysis assessment. If you are uncomfortable on a treadmill, this may affect how you are moving and could alter your results. If this is the case, we recommend that you spend some time on a treadmill prior to your assessment to become more familiar with them to make your gait analysis as accurate as possible.
- I have specific allergies to tape and fabric products, can I still have an assessment?
In order to attach the markers to you for the Run3D assessment, we use double sided tape in order to make it as comfortable as possible. Our clinics may also use straps to keep some of the markers in place. If you have specific allergies to tape or certain fabrics, please contact the clinic nearest to you to see if they can provide an alternative for your assessment.
- Im already seeing a physiotherapist for my running injury, can I still benefit from coming to Run3D?
Yes, Run3D's gait analysis services are designed to complement existing therapies. We will provide you with a unique service that can help your physiotherapist/treating therapist to identify the root cause of your injury and recommend the best treatment options.
- Is the service covered by NHS?
No, Run3D is not paid for by the NHS. It is a private service only.
- What are Run3D's opening hours?
Run3D's hours will vary from clinic to clinic. All information can be found on this website under Run3D Clinics.
- What do I need to bring to the assessment?
Please bring a pair of shorts, comfortable top to move in, socks, and your current running/walking shoes. Running shorts are ideal, and the shorter the better, as we have to place thigh makers quite high up onto the back of your legs! Most of our clinics will have running shoes that they can provide for the assessment, however, we recommend that you bring your own shoes as well in case it is necessary to test you in them.
If you have any insoles, please bring those to your assessment too.
- What happens if I need to change or cancel my appointment?
Every Run3D individual clinic will have it's own cancellation policy. When booking your appointment it is advised to ask about appointment cancellations, as some clinics may have a charge. However, we will do our best to accommodate and change your appointment if necessary.
- What is the difference between a Run3D assessment and the free assessment provided by my local running shop?
Research has shown that only three dimensional assessments are accurate enough to detect the small movement patterns that might cause a running injury. Since most running shops only use one or two cameras, they can only measure your biomechanics in 2D, and are often inadequate for carrying out an accurate biomechanical assessment. At Run3D, we use three infrared cameras to measure your biomechanics in three dimensions. We offer a very specialised service and use the most advanced three-dimensional clinical motion analysis that is avaiable at this time.
- What is three-dimensional motion analysis?
Three-dimensional motion analysis is a non-invasive method of accurately measuring the way you move. Small, spherical reflective markers are attached to your body and the three-dimensional positions of the marker are measured using infrared cameras as you move. Run3D has three infrared cameras that record the three dimensional positions of each marker at a frequency of 200Hz (two hundred times per second).
The three-dimensional positions of the markers are then used to create an exact computer model of you running. The personalised model is used to accurately calculate your joint angles in all three planes of human movement. For example, we measure how much your knee extends and flexes as you run, how much it rotates, and how much it moves sideways.
We then extract discrete kinematic parameters from the joint angle graphs and compare these to a database of uninjured controls. This allows us to objectively identify any abnormal patterns in your running style. 3D gait analysis is the gold standard of biomechanical assessment, which is used by research institutions and specialist orthopaedic hospitals. The Run3D system has been developed by scientists at the University of Oxford and is a unique service able to offer an advanced type of gait analysis to indviduals of all ages and abilities.
- Whenever I run, I feel a nagging pain, is this normal?
No, this is not normal. Pain whilst running is a strong indicator of a potential injury and is often related to poor biomechanics and overload. Run3D can identify any unusual patterns in your running style. This information can be used to help identify the cause of pain and to recommend the best treatment options.
- Why do I keep getting the same injury, time and time again?
Many chronic or recurring injuries are caused by poor running biomechanics, which can lead to unexpected repetitive forces being applied to your bones and joints. If you fail to identify and treat the underlying biomechanical problem, then the same injury will occur time and time again, no matter how much you rest it!