What People Are Saying About Us
Athletes of all abilities can benefit from a run3D assessment. Whether you’re a recreational runner or a competing athlete, having an assessment will help you to stay injury free by giving you the opportunity to address any issues you may have before they develop into a full blown injury. You’ll be able to avoid the disappointment that injury brings and ensure you get to the starting line every time.
Jo Pavey, Team GB
‘The ultimate in biomechanical analysis is the new Run3D programme, which uses advanced technology to precisely measure the joint angles at your hips, knees and ankles in 3D’
'Run3D – The best gait analysis in the world' - Runners World
‘I haven’t mentioned it but I’ve been suffering with runner’s knee in my left leg recently. After half an hour in the lab, Dr. Leitch and her computer haven’t just identified it they’ve told me what’s causing the problem. And that’s the first step to putting it right.’ Triathlon 220
‘Running can seem like a straightforward action, but the key to enhancing your performance may lie with some seriously high-end technology. Using three-dimensional motion analysis, Run3D measures your biomechanics while you run in order to identify areas of weakness or unusual movement in your gait.’
Motion capture isn’t just for the movies anymore, runners from Britain will be using 3D technology to assess their running technique and prevent injury.’
‘Britain’s Olympic runners now have the country’s first three-dimensional motion analysis facility at their disposal’
Gait analysis is a really useful tool, checking for any abnormalities in your running style and getting to the root cause of any injuries. Until now, this service was only available in 2D, using video cameras and the human eye to detect any problems. While 2D analysis may be able to pick up larger abnormalities, it's often the much smaller deviations from the 'ideal' running style that are most likely to cause injury over time.
I am talked through the results by Dr. Jessica Leitch, who is responsible for setting up the Run3D clinic. She talks me through my report and explains the abnormalities that contribute to my heightened risk of injury. These included a lack of external rotation on my left leg, which was most likely caused by a tight IT band and weaker gluteal. These findings were absolutely spot on, given that I'd had the same diagnosis from a physio following four sessions to treat pain in my left knee.
If you are experiencing pain, 3D gait analysis helps to identify the exact cause, saving time and money in the diagnostic process. Even if you aren't currently experiencing any pain, gait analysis can identify any abnormalities before an injury occurs. Addressing these will keep you off the physio's couch and continuing to train.
Run3D's assessment has really helped me understand how I run and what I can do to improve this. The combination of precisely measuring my strength and range of motion, conducting a full gait analysis and providing a personalised exercise and strength routine has been an extremely useful tool during my preparation for the track season ahead. Thanks Run3D!
Michelle Sikes, Elite Althlete
I’ve been running with a knee Injury for over 2 years. The pain was so bad that I had to ice my knee 3 times a day just so I could run. After many trips to numerous Physiotherapists I came across Run3D at the London Marathon Expo 2012. I spoke with both Jessica & Andrea about how they thought Run3D could benefit me. I visited their clinic in Oxford a few weeks later and after a thorough assessment, the results showed that the reason for knee pain was weak hip muscles. Run3D provided me with a detailed report of my injury and exercises on how to correct it. I carried out the exercises solidly and after 3 weeks noticed a big improvement in my balance but also the pain in my knee. I am happy to say I am now running with no pain in my knee and as a result have knocked my PB’s down twice. Thank you Run3D for all your help.
Ben Carrington, Runner
The assessment was extremely thorough. As well as the appliance of science, Andrea used her expertise as a physio and adopted 'traditional' tests to assess my flexibility and my strength. The results revealed precise details of the following: ankle complex, knee complex, hip complex and functional outcomes, strength, alignment and flexibility. As a said the test is very, very detailed and thorough, as Andrea warns me in the email that accompanies my 11-page report and seven pages of follow-up exercises, there's a lot to take in. But this comprehensive report does tell me everything I could ever want to know about how I move when I run and is another significant step in not only creating optimum performance but keeping me running for life. For anyone serious about running, about staying injury free and enjoying running for life, I'd highly recommend a session with Run3D.
Fiona Bugler, Blogger and Journalist
I have been running for around ten years and would describe myself as a fairly serious club runner and I try and run most days. After returning to running, following a year out, I have been plagued by a string of lower leg injuries. A friend who happens to be a GP recommended Run3D and I decided to give it a go.
I decided to go for the Gold (3D Gait and Biomechanical) assessment. I was really impressed with the thoroughness and attention to detail of the assessment. It felt like everything was being measured and recorded very accurately and carefully, no stone was left unturned. After the assessment was complete I was given a detailed report on strength, flexibility, alignment and gait.
I was then given a thorough plan to address my issues, having the detailed report really helped me understand why I was doing certain strengthening exercises or stretches.
I am now running injury free, I would not say all my problems have gone away but armed with the detailed report I really understand what is going on with my running and where I need to work on and also what to keep an eye on.
I would certainly recommend Run3D to any regular runner, especially if you are not injured. Prevention is always better than the cure.
Kent Dixon, Runner
I’ve been suffering from ITBS (iliotibial band syndrome) for some years – a raw burning pain to the side of my left knee. The pain would flare up with little or no warning about 7km or 8km into a run. Once inflamed, it might take three or four weeks to dissipate to the point that I felt I could run again – a cycle which was guaranteed to interrupt any effective training programme.
But I had heard about Run3D - a spin-out company from the University of Oxford, that brought together traditional sports physiotherapy with the state-of-the-art 3 dimensional gait and biomechanical analysis. I was confident that they could diagnose the problem but, it has to be said, I was a little skeptical that they might offer solutions that would get to grips with the underlying problem.
However, their analysis confirmed the problem, identified precisely which aspects of my running style and biomechanics were the likely culprits, and provided me with a carefully defined programme to address the underlying causes..
Did it work? Well, that was February, and in the six months since, I managed two half marathons, a triathlon, a mountain marathon and a six day climb up Kilimanjaro, with all the associated training and not a single flare up of my knee – at all. So, did it work? You tell me.
Matthew Frohn, Runner
Hi Run3D team, It's been a while since I saw you but thought I'd drop you a note to update you on progress. I came to see you last summer having put up with itbs for over ten years. I was stuck in a cycle of running 5-7k, getting pain and then having to stop for a month. As a hobbiest runner I'd never really understood the issue and despite a couple of physio trips had never solved it. I was about to accept my fate and give up running for good when I decided to come and see you as a last resort. After a couple of sessions with Andrea it was clear that my hips and glutes were weak and I lacked flexibility. Lots of exercises later my running resumed. I told Andrea at the time my goal was to be able to do a regular 10k with no issues (though the real ambition was to get to a half-marathon!). So how did it go? Well the good news is I've run regularly during the past year and gradually built up my training. I'm still less strong and flexible on one side and have to work on it, and if I drop my guard I still get the odd niggle. That will probably always be the case. But the breakthrough has been understanding the cause, knowing what to do and crucially having the knowledge that with the right approach there's no good reason why I shouldn't run. Yesterday I completed my first half-marathon in 1:40, a stage I never thought I'd reach! I'm more determined than ever now to carry on. During training I said to myself that if I ever got to the start line I'd write to say thanks, so here it is :-) My only regret is that I didn't get to see you years ago! Thanks again and happy running.
Tom Davison, Runner