What is Gait Analysis?

When you learn to be a personal trainer, you will learn techniques and skills that allow you to make better individualized fitness assessments and training programs.  Gail analysis is one of those skills you will use when working with individuals in running and other endurance sports.  Learning anatomy for personal trainers helps you understand the connection between muscles and exercises and how modifications can be made to target specific muscle groups from a different angle.
Gait analysis is important for lesson plans fitness training because it can have a large impact on your fitness training and goals.  Gait analysis will allow personal trainers or athletic coaches to view your personal gait pattern and help you make any necessary changes to form to make your workouts more efficient.
Do you have chronic aches and pains that often cause you to not complete your workouts or cause you to take long breaks from fitness training? Your gait could be the culprit! Improper form can significantly increase your risk of sports injury, cause discomfort in the disc sciatica, recurring shin splints, and even muscular imbalances. Through a gait analysis, a personal trainer or sports coach is also able to see if you are wearing the correct shoes with the right amount of support.  Wearing the wrong shoes, either the wrong type, wrong size, or wrong style, can impact your gait.
If you are a runner, you can bring your old running shoes to any running store for a gait analysis based on the wear and tear of your running shoes.  They will be able to tell by the tread on the shoes if you are an over pronator or under pronator and if you have good form.  A running coach can tell a lot about gait just by looking at a pair of running shoes and the tread patterns. Based on the gait analysis, they will let you know if you are wearing the correct type of shoe and size and may even have recommendations to fit your needs better. Gait analysis can also be used as preventative health to prevent future health problems such as poor posture or lower back pains.

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