9th June 2017

Services

  1. Running Performance and/or Injury

Assessment – 90min – £200

Follow up – 45min – £80

Performance Package (1 initial session + 2 follow ups) – £310

Athlete Monitoring Package* (3 follow up sessions) – £195

Athlete Monitoring Package* (6 follow up sessions) – £375

*Monitoring packages require an Initial assessment

 

  1. Clinical Gait Analysis

Clinical Gait Assessment – 60min – £180 (Bupa covered)

Follow-up – 30min – £75

 

 

 

 

  1. Physician/Clinician Data Acquisition

Data recorded and provided to external healthcare professional – 30min – £75

 

 

Services Guide  – Further Information

  1. Ministry of Cadence: Performance or Injury

Our flagship service and the exact same service we provide to elite runners and Sportmen worldwide. This service uses a markerless 3D gait analysis system as well us our Dual Force Plates.

Performance Evaluation

Speed is won and lost in 3 key ways:

  1. Your body’s physical capacity for speed (speed capacitor). This includes your
  • To reduce any energy wasting motions
  • To control forces
  • Range of Motion and symmetry. To resist fatigue
  1. Your ability to resist fatigue and maintain economy/form (running economy)
  2. Your ability to keep joint stress at a minimum (joint loading)

Test and Evaluation Process:

  • Run at various speed from Easy run to race pace (with 2 kmph increments). Runs at each speed to be done 3 times so we have an average
  • Look for changes in Running Economy1, Speed Capacity2 and Joint Loading3
  • Look for anomalies within Left and right stride parameters4, range of motion5 and Forces6
  • Compare data to optimal ranges and elite data
  • Potentially do new trials with key technique focuses (only if deemed worthwhile, some runners may need to prioritise Strength and Conditioning work in order to improve technique naturally)
  • Do a fatigue protocol (using jump plate to ensure we have sufficient fatigue)
  • Re-test the “key speeds” (tempo and race pace) to see which elements of the runners running form breakdown fastest. Is it range of motion, certain stride parameters or force production/dispersion?

Speed development:

  • Provide exercises that are designed to work on the key issues highlighted from the analysis
  • Highlight key take home messages in relation to technique (where applicable)
  • Create targets for the runner for what is most important (Economy for distance, speed capacity for performance, joint loading for injury reduction)
  • Arrange Follow up appointment to re-test and evaluate exercises
  • Tweak exercises or make changes based on results

Running Economy is related to the amount of energy you require to move your body mass forward. This is usually done with oxygen consumption testing, however ANY technique change will increase oxygen consumption because it is NEW. By using a biomechanical model (which is statistically validated against a VO2Max test) we can instantly determine if technique changes are worth the extra effort of having to learn it. VO2 testing can’t do this

Speed Capacity is your body’s ability to move at the speed we have set on the treadmill. Sometimes our running style is suited to certain speeds. We can use this to determine how much potential you have to run at faster paces. You may find 18kmph hard, for example, but we can assess if it’s hard because your form is not suited to the speed or whether you simply need more conditioning but it is achievable

Joint Loading is exactly how it sounds. We hit the ground with 3-4x our bodyweight when we run. This force has to go somewhere. If we do not have the correct form or strength to deal with this then the joints will “soak” the rest up. Ultimately forces are what create injuries but they are also necessary for speed. The key is moving them in the right direction!

Stride Parameters. We have 10 temporal-spatial elements to gait that measure our key technique elements. These include cadence, forward lean, vertical displacement and braking force.

Range of Motion is the degrees of movement that key joints (knees and hips) go through during the key phases of gait. Optimisation is based on your own height and a key target for us is symmetry

Forces are crucial. Ultimately both performance and injury potential come down to how we generate, use and remove force. Symmetry between the left and right leg also gives us valuable insights into how to “super” boost your speed by getting both working at the same level.

 

Injury Evaluation

Injury occurs when one or more of our structures (bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves) have been exposed to excessive force that can’t not be dispersed enough. Excessive force can come from a single impact OR, and more commonly with running, it is too many repetitive forces over too short of a period of time for the structure to handle.

Historically spotting injuries has been very hard to do. Traditional 2D analysis and physical assessments can sometimes spot a mechanism behind an injury but it can’t find the stimulus behind the mechanism. 3D analysis can provide this insight, it allows us to jump all the way up the chain to the initial root of an injury and in it can spot injury risks before an injury is even present.

 

Test and Evaluation Process:

  • Run at multiple speeds trial
  • Plot all left and Right differences into charts
  • Evaluate the symmetry of runners range of motion
  • Evaluate the runners symmetry in force application and Joint stress
  • Evaluate the different injury risks associated with changes in speed
  • Evaluate which speeds should be avoided until we get the required improvements
  • Try different footwear or insoles, if applicable, and look at footwear adjustments to how it compares to the original data
  • Adjust technique and movement (if applicable) to further improve symmetry and joint loading data

 

Injury Resistance development:

  • Provide exercises that are designed to work on the key issues highlighted from the analysis
  • Highlight key take home messages in relation to technique (where applicable)
  • Re-evaluate at any new phase of training, change in mileage or if any new injuries occur
  • Adjust exercises as necessary

 

  1. Ministry of Cadence: Clinical Gait Analysis

Our clinical gait analysis combines the latest technology in 3D analysis with the a high definition, research grade pressure measurement plate. The combination of the two allows to accurately assess the forces involved during your walking to accurately identify faulty movement patters and high risk areas.

 

  1. Ministry of Cadence: Physician/Clinician Data Acquisition

Our quick stop MOT service is designed specifically to ensure fast client turn around for those that just need some key data on joint range of motion gather the data of the runner using the 3D system and provide those results directly back to the referring clinician/physician/coach for them to evaluate for themselves.  If you need to quickly evaluate running economy/technique or injury risk then this is ideal. We do not provide a full report but we will send you and the client the analysis results directly from the 3D software and follow up with an email with a bullet point summary of the main anomalies to help you build the right treatment plan for your client.