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Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis With Online Video

Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis With Online Video


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    Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis With Online Video is the premier resource dedicated to running mechanics and injury prevention. Running continues to be one of the most popular sports, despite the fact that up to 70 percent of runners will sustain overuse injuries during any one-year period. Therefore, it is imperative for health care professionals, coaches, and runners themselves to be informed on injury prevention and optimal treatment. Referencing over 250 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, this text is a comprehensive review of the most recent research and clinical concepts related to gait and injury analysis.  

    Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis With Online Video supplies professionals with an expansive array of clinical applications. Physical therapists and athletic trainers will come away with an understanding of ways to build on standard practice, while runners, coaches, and personal trainers will gain a new appreciation for the performance benefits that gait analysis can provide. The text has the following features:

    • A discussion of the complexities of running biomechanics as they relate to muscular strength, flexibility, and anatomical alignment for the purpose of providing an advanced clinical assessment of gait
    • Guidelines for assessing, treating, and preventing a range of common and not-so-common running injuries
    • A detailed analysis of running biomechanics to help professionals identify the interactions of the kinetic chain and the causes of overuse injuries
    • A video library featuring 33 clips that demonstrate the biomechanical patterns discussed in the text
    • Documented clinical examples to help practitioners apply the wealth of information in the book to their own practice

    Early chapters introduce readers to the basics of running-related injuries, foot mechanics, and shoe selection before progressing to discussions of knee and hip mechanics, ways to influence gait mechanics, and technical aspects of video gait analysis. Via a detailed joint-by-joint analysis, the book pinpoints common problem areas for runners and describes protocols for treatment. Later chapters present case studies of injured runners to guide professionals through a detailed biomechanical analysis and treatment recommendations, and an overview chapter summarizes the interrelationships of movement patterns at each joint with anatomical, strength, flexibility, and kinetic chain factors.

    Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis With Online Video is the most comprehensive resource for running-related research. Readers will come away armed with the knowledge and tools to perform an advanced clinical assessment of gait and rehabilitate and prevent running injuries.

    Continuing education credits/units may also be earned on this topic. The Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis Online CE Course includes the complete e-book, online video, and a continuing education exam.


    A comprehensive resource for physical therapists and athletic trainers involved in clinical assessment and treatment of running-related injuries, personal trainers and coaches invested in preventing injuries and improving running performance, and serious runners with a basic knowledge of biomechanics and a passion for learning.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Incidence of Running-Related Injuries
    Defining an Overuse Injury
    Etiology of Overuse Injuries in Runners
    Common Running-Related Injuries
    Understanding Clinical and Biomechanical Risk Factors

    Chapter 2. Assessing Foot Mechanics
    Atypical Foot Mechanics and Injury
    Anatomical Alignment

    Chapter 3. Footwear Selection
    Overview of Running Shoes
    Footwear Research Findings
    Shoe Fitting
    Barefoot Running
    Orthotic Devices and Foot Mechanics

    Chapter 4. Assessing Knee Mechanics
    Anatomical Alignment

    Chapter 5. Assessing Hip Mechanics
    Anatomical Alignment

    Chapter 6. Proximal to Distal Relationships: Case Studies
    Torsional Forces
    Frontal Plane Mechanics

    Chapter 7. Can We Influence Gait Mechanics?
    Strength Training
    Revisiting the Case Studies

    Chapter 8. Overview of Clinical and Biomechanical Assessment
    Foot, Ankle, and Tibia

    Chapter 9. Technical Aspects of Video Gait Analysis
    Sampling Frequency
    F-Stop and Shutter Speed
    Software Options

    Appendix: Terminology for Gait Biomechanics

    About the Author

    Reed Ferber, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, is an associate professor in the faculties of kinesiology and nursing at the University of Calgary and cofounder and director of the Running Injury Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since 2003, he and his colleagues at the Running Injury Clinic have been among the world’s leaders in 3-D gait assessment and technology. Ferber received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Oregon in 2001. He is a research associate for the Institute of Sport and Recreation Research in New Zealand and a certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has won several awards in teaching excellence and has authored or coauthored 43 articles appearing in Clinical Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and other publications.

    Shari Macdonald, BSc, PT, MSc, has worked for over 15 years as a physical therapist specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. She has earned postgraduate certifications in manual therapy, dry needling techniques, and sport. Shari is the chairperson for the Alberta section of Sport Physiotherapy Canada and is a national board member. Since 2009, Shari has been the clinic director at the Running Injury Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, where they specialize in assessing gait biomechanics and the treatment of running injuries. Shari earned her master of science degree in biomechanics from the University of Calgary.