UF Health Running Medicine Clinic

call: 352-265-RUNR (7867)

The UF Health SPC hosts one of the few nationally-recognized laboratories for running science and return-to-run after injury. We have developed one of the most extensive running analysis programs, reports and methods to help runners achieve safe and sustainable running form for endurance and short running distances. Our services and our team members have been featured in Runner’s World and Running Times. Our faculty have contributed to The Big Book of Running and Running Medicine, 2nd ed. We have developed consumer content for the American College of Sports Medicine to help runners select running shoes and running form. We work with the spectrum of athletes from novice to elite, sponsored runners, teams and individuals.

What we can tell you:

  • Foot striking pattern and ground reaction forces, loading rates
  • Gait asymmetries
  • Joint motion from 3 planes to identify musculoskeletal deficits for injury prevention and injury healing
  • Clinical interpretations and recommendations for reducing injury or repairing current injury will be provided

Our Testing:

  • Brief functional screen and physical history; Running on a force-plated treadmill, 3D motion capture; Live time video for retraining if requested; shoe evaluation, review of appropriate exercise and program modification; PT referral if needed
  • High speed video will be filmed during running from several views. A complete report of joint kinematics and body segment rotations and rotational speeds will be generated.
  • From our extensive databank of >1200 runners, your data will be compared to other runners of similar age, sex and foot strike type
  • A full report, consult and a flash drive with video copies of your running motions will be provided.
  • Exercise prescriptions, shoe selection, training programs and return-to-run progression also offered.

Sample motion analysis models are shown below:

motion analysis output
Ground reaction forces
Side and frontal views of runner on instrumented treadmill.