The Importance of a Full Body Gait Analysis to Achieve Your Running Goals; Interview with Matt Phillips

Our guest today is one of our writers; you may have seen him on our blog. He has written quite a few of our popular articles: Matt Phillips

Matt is a sports therapist with over 20 years of experience. He is a running performance coach who specializes in pain and movement management. He writes for Running Fitness Magazine in addition to Runners Connect, and is the head of the Hove 57 Run Club.

Matt is also a presenter at conferences at the Brighton and London Marathon. I hope you do not mind the British accents as you are going to be hearing quite a lot of them today!

Matt is known for his Runner’s MOT (Inspection for listeners in the US); a 90 minute full body gait analysis to look at what you can do to work on your individual differences.

The Importance of a Full Body Gait Analysis to achieve your running goals

In Today’s show we are going to look at

  • The Importance of a full body gait analysis, especially when compared to the prescription given from most running stores that just looks at the arch of your foot.
  • How to find reliable running form analysis locations where there will be someone who really knows what they are talking about, and what to watch out for.
  • If Haile Gebrselassie walked into a running store, he would likely be put in motion control shoes, but he wears neutral shoes; things are not always as they seem.
  • How heel striking does not lead to a greater risk of injury; In one study, over 90% of elite and sub-elite marathoners were found to be heel strikers!
  • Matts thoughts on a sub 2:00 marathon, and what puts Kenyan and Ethopian athletes ahead of the rest of the world.

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Links and Resources mentioned in this Interview:

Sports Injury Matt Website

Runners MOT

Pete Larson’s Study in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; Foot-strike pattern and performance in a marathon.

Video Demonstration of Matt using the Lunge Matrix

3 Reasons a Running Store Gait Analysis May Not Help You Find the Right Shoe

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2 Responses on “The Importance of a Full Body Gait Analysis to Achieve Your Running Goals; Interview with Matt Phillips

  1. Thanks for a very interesting podcast. I’ve been increasing my cadence to around 180 spm, and have also been working on my posture, getting strength in to my glutes, etc. So this rang very true.

    Unfortuantely the audio quality wasn’t very good with this episode. I suggest getting a decent mike and some desk booth isolation. Also the audio coming from Matt was clipping badly. Try to set your source audio levels to about 70-80% max. When you come to mixing it all together you can boost it a little if needed.

    Keep it coming,
    Phil George

    • Thanks so much for your feedback Phil, that is exactly what I was hoping for. We appreciate the feedback, and will work on it for future episodes. We have a Blue Mic now, and I think that is going to make a lot of difference. Thanks for your input, will look into the source audio levels too. Would you mind giving the podcast itself (your thoughts on the content) a review on iTunes please? It would be a HUGE help for me 🙂 http://runnersconnect.net/review. Thank you SO much! 🙂

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