Assessments & Tests
“Each time you go to the same track you know whether you’re improving or whether you’re not… it’s not open to interpretation. It’s measurable – unlike acting”
3D Gait Analysis
The motion of running is an incredibly complex human biomechanical ability. There is nothing quite like watching an athlete running at high speed with what appears to be perfect, biomechanical efficiency. It’s shear poetry in motion.
A 3D gait analysis gives you an amazing insight into your current biomechanical efficiency. It identifies what you’re doing well and what areas of your gait need work. You’ll discover which joints are being loaded the most and where your differences between left-side and right-side are. Running is very seldom the cause of injury, however, running is a great exploiter of imbalances, and when we attempt to run fast, or run long, or run fast and long, with biomechanical imbalances it’s simply a matter of time before we end up injured. This amazing system gives insight into where your imbalances lie enabling you to work on these areas to prevent breakdown in the future.
Running Efficiency (RE) is a score indicating how effeciently you use energy when trying to move your body at a certain pace. A 3D gait analysis shows you where you are wasting energy through poor or inefficient running mechanics and what you need to do to imporve you RE.
Strength, Flexibility and Fitness
Running is a repetitive motion sport which over time will exploit any underlying muscle weaknesses or biomechanical imbalances a runner may have. This often ends in injury and frustration as the injuries usually keep recurring.
Injuries rob us of training time and since the body only maintains internal structures and systems it feels are critical to it’s survival, we begin to experience a condition known as “detraining.” In essence this means that every time we lay off training for a lengthy period of time we lose almost all the hard training hours we’ve put in and we end up starting from the beginning or, even months back.
We offer a full strength and flexibility test which assists in identifying weaknesses and imbalances which in all likelihood will become a problem at some point during training, especially when volume or intensities are increased.
The assessments are easily conducted at a local track, field or gym.
Blood Lactate Testing
As exercise intensity increases, the substrate to produce energy shifts primarily from the aerobic energy system using fatty acids to the anaerobic energy system using glycogen. Glycogen is broken down in order to meet the higher energy demands of the muscles with an accumulation of the by-product, lactic acid.
Lactic acid itself is not the problem, but rather the hydrogen ions released by the lactic acid which increases the acidity in the muscles and ultimately cause us to slow down and eventually stop.
We offer blood lactate testing which gives you an idea of the pace and heart rate at which you reach your lactate threshold level. Lactate threshold is the point at which lactic acid is accumulating quicker in the blood than the body is able to remove.
By knowing what this figure is one is able to train at the correct intensity and pace in order to teach the body to become more efficient at removing lactic acid, as well as being able to better buffer lactic acid.
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2/56 Creaney Drive
Perth Western Australia
Our business hours
Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm
+61 451 774 164