THE IN-PERSON BIOMECHANICS REVIEW with COACH JAMES STEWART
I've been conducting in-person biomechanic reviews with my coaching athletes in 2022 and 2023 and I'm quickly able to spot the problem areas that can lead to major issues in the future as an athlete increases their training loads. You don't have to be a coaching client to take advantage of this service.
Early detection is crucial to avoid serious injuries such as tendon, ligament and joint damage that can sideline an athlete for years. Furthermore, more biomechanical resiliency doesn't only present an injury risk, but is also an enormous performance improver.
Let’s face it, the trails in Vancouver are highly technical and the impact loading on athletes is extreme. Athletes should be focused weekly on improving their functional athleticism for longevity in the sport, to stay injury free and unlock maximum power and performance.
I film you walking uphill, running slow and running fast on the treadmill using a camera at 240 frames per second allowing me to slow down the footage to 12.5% of normal speed to review all aspects of your running gait.
I look at all aspects of your running gait looking for any issues that you may be experiencing:
Contact phase: This is the phase where the foot strikes the ground, also known as the "foot strike."
Midstance phase: This is the phase where the body's weight is over the stance leg, which is the leg that is in contact with the ground.
Propulsion phase: This is the phase where the body's weight is shifted onto the contralateral leg and the hip, knee and ankle extend to push off the ground to create propulsion.
Aerial phase: This is the phase where the foot leaves the ground and both feet are off the ground, also known as "flight" phase.
Swing phase: This is the phase where the trailing leg swings forward, preparing for the next foot strike.
Recovery phase: This is the phase where the foot is pulled up towards the body in preparation for the next contact with the ground.
I then put you through a series of balance, strength, mobility and flexibility tests to understand how your body is moving and also stabilising. Most athletes have some degree of hip instability and weakness and these tests are designed to uncover any of these problems.
I also provide some brief tutorials on soft tissue release, demonstrate the use of tools that you can use to improve your biomechanics development, and also run you through some key strength exercises that you can start working on straight away at home
Following the session I provide you with a link to the video of you running on the treadmill and a detailed run down of my report from the session. Part of the report will reveal the areas where you need to improve and you will then be sent documents outlining the protocols to follow for any of your issues. The protocols explain the problem you have, the muscles involved and instructions on how to improve the condition including mobility, strength exercises to perform with progressions for beginner, intermediate, elite and world class levels.