Born to run?

Human beings were born to run. Our anatomy and physiology is uniquely adapted to the running motion. Unfortunately our lifestyle and our artificial environment provide challenges to the modern runner that tend to be detrimental to both  the technique and performance of running. Hence- The Running Lab!

The SportsCare Running Lab offers a variety of options to assist runners in achieving their running goals. All services offered to our runners are delivered by physiotherapists with a special interest in running biomechanics, running specific injuries and assessment of technique using slow-motion video analysis.

In the clinic, The Running Lab offers runners an individual running assessment involving a run-specific musculoskeletal screening and analysis of running form using slow-motion video analysis. The SportsCare Running group focuses on consolidation of technique, optimising running specific movement patterns, targeted strengthening and motor control drills and exercises. These services are suitable for runners of all levels, triathletes, and multi-sport athletes wishing to improve their technique, running economy, speed or power and to reduce injury risk.

The Lab

Group Running

The Running Group is comprised of three components: technique, performance interval training session and an introduction to barefoot running. Sessions have been developed to suit both individual and group needs, with each session lasting 60 minutes. The Running Group enables beginner runners, regular runners, or athletes returning from injury an opportunity to improve their running technique and overall performance.

The technique component aims to inform runners of what constitutes good running form, with technique consolidation being the primary focus. Each week we focus on a different element of running technique and runners are provided with individualised technique modifications and feedback to optimise learning and performance.  Running specific strength and motor control exercises in and running drills are included in each session. Running technique is also analysed using slow-motion video.

Technique

The performance component looks to consolidate running technique, improve cardiovascular fitness, running economy, speed, power and endurance. The 30 minute session includes a structured interval or fartlek training program, with regular time trials and handicap races.

Performance

Barefoot running is a great way to improve running technique and strengthen foot and calf musculature. This section of The Running Lab offers a graduated exposure to barefoot running to ensure participants musculoskeletal system gradually adapts to running without shoes. This is a completely optional component of the programme.

Barefoot Running

The Details:

The Running Lab group operates year round.

In the warmer months we are running at Stromlo Forest Park 6.30 AM to 7.30 AM on Fridays.

From June to September we change to lunchtimes 12.30 PM to 1.30 PM. These sessions are located at Stromlo Forest Park on Fridays and on Tuesdays 12.30 to 1.30 PM in the Parliamentary Triangle.

We now have a Facebook Page where we post running related articles and updates on the Running Lab’s activities. Search for The Running Lab and feel free to join even if you are not a group member but are just interested in running.

Individual Running Assessments can be booked at any time at the Weston, Barton and Bruce clinics

Dates and Costs

Individual Running Assessments

The SportsCare Lab also offers 1:1 running assessments and musculoskeletal screenings for runners and athletes. These assessments are carried out by physiotherapists who have undergone further training in the area of running technique and management of running injuries. The musculoskeletal screening enables identification of injury risk factors that can be modified for the individual, this highlighting any impairments in muscle flexibility, motor control or strength. Assessment of running technique using slow-motion video  is performed, with individuals receiving specific feedback relating to their performance. Runners are then provided with tailored corrective exercises, running cues, strengthening exercises, running drills and education on load management to improve running performance and reduce injury risk.