First of all, what is asymmetry in running gait?
It is a difference from side to side in how much push off motion you have on one side vs the other, or how much your hip drops when you land on one side vs the other side. Every single joint angle that I measure can be compared to the opposite side to show me the symmetry or asymmetry in your running gait and HOW those asymmetries can correlate to injury or performance measures.
Between – limb (left side compared to right side) asymmetries are a major factor in running injury.
Research demonstrates <3% asymmetry is found among healthy runners.
Many injuries are correlated to asymmetries.
Also, performance measurements are associated with asymmetries!
Want to know how you can improve your PR time by 15 seconds??
Research has shown that if you can reduce asymmetry in certain areas of your running gait you can actually improve your PR time by approximately 15 seconds (this was found in collegiate runners in the 5-10k)
Who doesn’t want that!?
What can you do to find out if you have asymmetries in your gait and what to do about them?
Get a running gait analysis as soon as possible!