YOU ARE ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR WEAKEST LINK
We all have weak links:
- Previous injuries (even from childhood)
- Repetitive movements causing scar tissue and adapted neurological inhibition/excitation of muscles
- Posture and alignment
- restricted joints
- muscle imbalances
- poor kinematic sequencing (from the feet up and the spine/pelvis down)
- incorrect footwear
- compensatory movements
Unfortunately, the weak links can cause injuries, plateau training, or prevent a runner from achieving their personal best.
IDENTIFY, FIX, and OUTPERFORM
Dr. Jess’ mission is to identify the weak links, observe technique and training errors, and correct dysfunction so the runner can perform optimally and reduce the risk of injury. Through years of research, conferences, and treating hundreds of runners, Dr. Jess found the best way to identify weak links is to watch them run with state of the art software as well as put them through several dynamic movements and tests to break down the running stride.
The Running Analysis includes
- Slow Motion and Frame by Frame Video Analysis using Dartfish, state-of-the-art software used in the Olympics
- Line Drawings, angle analysis, and other scientific tools to analyze the running gait
- Analysis of several dynamic movements to break down the running cycle and identify compensatory movements
- Range of motion, posture, joint assessments, alignment, and other orthopedic tests
- History of previous injuries and sports played
- Runner’s goals reviewed
- Shoe analysis and foot mechanics
- Exercises to strengthen the weak links
Why we videotape outside and not on a treadmill:
We would like to get a “real-world” capture of your gait. Running is a closed kinetic chain exercise meaning you are moving your body off another object, and therefore you must move your body, not the ground. Treadmills are open kinetic chain exercises, meaning your body stays fixed and the ground moves underneath you. Treadmills are not “real-world” applications of running as all you need to do is lift your feet. You do not have to push yourself off the ground to run and therefore it can give a false capture of your gait. Of course, there are some instances when we would videotape you on a treadmill: 1) for those who do most of their running on treadmills and 2) if we need a close up of your feet during gait to determine foot biomechanics.
What to bring to your analysis:
Please bring running shoes, non-black shorts and tank top. Please also be prepared to take off your shirt to expose your trunk during the video analysis.
“Dr. Greaux helped me identify specific muscle strength imbalances, which allowed me to apply proper exercises to strengthen the weak parts so I can continue to train injury-free.”
Magdelena Lewy Boulet
Olympic and Professional Marathoner
“Video analysis was a vital tool that helped Dr. Greaux diagnose an injury in my left leg. I came to Innersport with a list of symptoms, but I had no idea what had caused the initial injury. Slow motion analysis revealed what had been affected by the injury, and which muscle groups were not working efficiently. After regular visits to Innersport for ART, along with a series of prescribed exercises, I’m healthy and ready to take on the Boston Marathon.”
-Peter Gilmore, Elite Marathoner
7th place – Boston Marathon 2006
10th place – NY Marathon 2006 (first American)
very insightful running analysis
“I gained a lot of insight into the mechanical deficiencies which may be correlated with knee pain I’ve been feeling when running long distance. It gave me specific points of focus on form and alignment, and on flexibility to enable that alignment. I think anyone contemplating training for a running event should have someone like Dr. Jess look at their form. Would you just hop into the gym and hit the weights without learning proper technique? Running is no different.” D.C.