TECHNIQUE AND MECHANICS ANALYSIS AND TRAINING

Run Gait Analysis

Few people would take up tennis or golf without first taking some lessons a pro. Most runners, however, mistakenly think that because running is a basic human function, and since we all did it as children, we do not need to be taught how to run. While it’s true that the human body has evolved to be an efficient running machine able to cover long distances with an well honed economy of motion our civilized life style has robbed us of the built in efficiencies that evolution has provided. Our muscles have shortened and weakened, our joints have tightened and movements have become corrupted by hours of sitting and a lack of stretching. To exploit the gifts that evolution has gifted us we need to learn to run in a way that benefits energy conservation and keeps us protected from injury. The Phase IV Gait Analysis is performed by Physical Therapists with expertise in joint function, human movement patterns and the myriad of ways that runners get hurt. We will video your stride frequency, knee rise, foot and leg position at foot strike, and upper body carriage to identify biomechanical deficiencies and correct them. We will assess whether your shoes are appropriate for your mechanics and provide you with drills to maximize your efficiency and increase your speed.

DRILLS TO IMPROVE MECHANICS PERSONAL TRAINING SESSION

Through the measurement of joint angles and appraisal of bio-mechanical deviations while in motion, PHASE IV professionals can detect imbalances which impact your performance and lead straight to injuries. With drills to correct your motion and improve your mechanics, you will improve your performance by efficiently increasing your power output and stamina, and prevent common injuries.

OverSpeed Training

To run faster, you need to train your neurological system as well as your muscles. Using a high-speed treadmill, athletes are fitted in a special harness and can be unweighted by a hoist to allow for high frequency leg cadence or turnover. Combined with running drills you will improve your balance, coordination, and running efficiency.

Bike Fit with Physical Therapist

PHASE IV ERGO POWER™ – Bike Positioning and Fit as well as a Pedal Stroke Analysis with Robert Forster, PT A correct bicycle fit is vital to injury free peak performance. Having a Physical Therapist with 35 years of experience in sports medicine and training guarantees your fit is dialed in for performance, comfort and injury prevention. Through the measurement of joint angles and assessment of your biomechanics while in motion, Robert will detect faulty cycling mechanics, imbalances, and any inefficient use of your cycling power. Finding the proper seat height and fore-aft position, along with stem angle and length, will place you in the best position for optimal power output and comfort on the bike. The correction of leg length discrepancies, along with optimal cleat placement and proper upper body position will improve your speed and ability to go long without pain. Pedal Stroke Analysis utilizes Computrainer® technology. This enables Robert to analyze your left and right leg efficiency and power output in real time.

Pedal Stroke Analysis

Riding to your maximum potential takes effort to master, and attention to efficiency of the pedal stroke is part of the technical proficiency and must be practiced. There are 360 degrees in a pedal stroke, and it is designed naturally to push with one leg, and pull with the other. In actuality, many of us are pushing one leg around to put it in the position to push the other leg around; which means in varying degrees; power is being used to drag the deficient leg around to its productive position. To create an efficient stoke and achieve your potential as a cyclist you must utilize your entire stroke. You may be very efficient at converting energy to wattage, but you won’t reach your potential if you are inefficient, and the power potential of your hamstrings and hip flexors will atrophy, leading to injury. Analysis of your pedal stroke will reveal deficiencies and inefficiencies that cause hip flexors to become under-utilized in cycling. The mechanical duty is to recover each leg to a power-producing position independently of the other leg, as fast as possible.

Cycling Drills Personal Training Session

The PHASE IV Cycling drills are anchored in science and have been honed over thirty-five years working with cyclists. When incorporated into your training and recovery program, you will improve your mechanics and decrease inefficiency. PHASE IV has designed the most effective drills to immediately improve your performance and resistance to injury.