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Check Your Health: Improve your running with a gait analysis

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Whether you’re an elite runner or someone who is getting ready for their very first race, a gait analysis can help you be faster, more efficient, and also reduce your risk of an injury. (Photo: KUTV)
(KUTV) Whether you’re an elite runner or someone who is getting ready for their very first race, a gait analysis can help you be faster, more efficient, and also reduce your risk of an injury. The biomechanics lab at Intermountain TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital makes this resource accessible and affordable to anyone.


“Our objective was to bring this technology to junior high kids, high school kids, weekend warriors, and people who just want to stay fit,” says Jim Walker, Sports Science Director at TOSH.

Running isn’t just about putting one foot in front of the other. It’s actually a very skilled movement pattern.

“What we do is help optimize for your mechanics and your anatomy how to move correctly. If you are more efficient, more economical, then it takes you less energy at a given speed,” says Walker.

By getting a precise measurement and learning how your body moves, you can then spend your time exercising and training in the most efficient way possible while also limiting your risk of injury.

“Those movement patterns are repetitive, and so if there is some kind of an anomaly, some asymmetry, some rotational force that shouldn’t be there, overtime, step after step, mile after mile, year after year, eventually there’s going to be an injury that takes place,” says Walker.

Even if you don’t care about how fast you run, fine tuning the way you move makes running – and finishing that first race – much easier.

“It will help you finish it. It will help you finish it in better shape, and it will help you finish it uninjured,” says Walker.

For more information about TOSH Biomechanics, click here. You can also call them if you have questions: 801-314-2996.


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