Gait Retraining: 4 Red Flags to Look Out For In Your Running Form

Contributed Piece By: Dr. Rebecca Shultz, PhD in Biomechanics 

Gait training is the clinical term for learning to walk or run. Gait retraining then is learning to walk or run again. This relearning may need to occur after an injury and after an assessment that found a red flag that may predispose a runner to injury or reduce a runner’s performance.

How to Improve your Running form to Avoid Injury

Instead of concentrating on the mind-boggling and exhausting technicalities to avoid running injuries & improve running form, adhere to these basic, actionable, and, easy-to-implement running tricks. Not only will improving your running form drastically cut your risk of running Injuries, however, you’ll likewise enjoy it progressively and likely get much faster.

The Best Way to Prevent Painful Shin Splints Before they Start (Hint: It Could be Your Running Form)

Shin splints oftentimes sideline even many seasoned runners and can be among the most nagging of running injuries.  Also, medically-classified as “tibial stress syndrome”, an athlete’s running form is one key mechanics indicator to predict their susceptibility to acquiring shin splints.  When they occur, shin splints may target the limb’s “interior” region; the front part just below the knee.  Or, the pain may be “posterior” in nature, causing discomfort along the leg’s inside edge.

Lumo Run Data Announcement

We’re proud to announce that research done by our resident data scientist, Dr. Derek Chang, has shown that Lumo Run does indeed help users run faster and farther. Using data our Lumo Run data over the past 8 months, we’ve found:

  • 97% of users improved their running form within their first three runs
  • 82% of men and 76% of women improve in the distance and/or pace.

Running Form, Performance and Injury: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit

When you modify how somebody moves, you can have a really substantial and nearly immediate overall change in their pain. Why weren’t more people doing this clinically?

This was one of the main reasons why Bryan Heiderscheit, P.T., Ph.D. of Biomechanics, decided to dedicate his research and career to runners to reduce risk of injury and improve performance through focusing on form.

Thinking about running form? Here’s why your arm swing matters

In the context of running, much of our attention is put on the lower half of our bodies with respect to what we’re doing with our feet, legs, and hips. But, there are actually some important things happening on our upper bodies that — with a little attention and help — could improve our running economy and enhance performance. In our last post, we discussed running and posture; here, we’ll talk about the importance of arm swings and how it affects our balance and stability. (hint: it actually still has a lot to do with your posture).

Lumo Run Success Story: How Lumo Run has helped this user shave 30 seconds off his mile time

Guest post by Lumo Run user Jose S.

I love my new Lumo Run. It is completely unnoticeable attached to the back of my shorts. I wondered about the clip, but I forget it is there – usually until well after the run is over and I’m taking the shorts off. I’ve had zero problems with the app or syncing with my iPhone. The appearance of the app is sharp and easy to navigate. The videos and text on what the data are measuring are clear and easy to understand.

Most important though is the data it provides. I love numbers and collecting data on my runs, so I’ve purchased lots of gadgets searching for that extra bit of data that will help me improve my running. GPS, heart rate monitors, power meters, cadence, etc. With everything else, it was always initially interesting to get the data, but then what do you do with it? How do you use it to get better? This is where the Lumo Run is the best! It coaches you on which measurement needs the most work, and gives you specific drills to improve on that. The drills are short, simple, and the videos in the app make them easy to learn, but the best part is that they actually work! The first measurement it had me work on based upon my own running form was cadence. Using the drills and the voice over coaching I’m definitely getting closer to my goal, sometimes even exceeding it.

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