Running Assessment

Brisbane Running Assessments

Do you want to feel lighter, more in control and run more efficiently than you have before? Come in for a running assessment! Whether you’re training for a particular event, are just starting to run, or are resuming running following an injury, an assessment will help you to perform your best. We work with all ability levels of runners to improve your technique and skyrocket your performance.

Even if you’re not a runner, it is a skill that is the predominant action in most sports and physical activities. Give yourself the best chance of making it to the try line first, jump further than your competition, or get back that final tennis shot in the rally. Much like other sports, running is a skill, which means that it can be improved just like any other skill-based activity.

Improve your running technique and elevate your performance

Many people rely on recreational running for both their physical and mental health and can be a large part of their consistent exercise routine. Poor running technique can be a contributing factor to injury, resulting in cease of training and interrupting one’s consistent routine. For athletes or serious runners, poor technique can be what’s holding them back from cracking a new personal best, and ultimately from performing at their best.

So we’ve already covered that improving your running technique can enhance your performance and help prevent injury, but what other benefits are there? Depending on your current situation and goals, the benefits of a running assessment vary between each individual. Some of the most common benefits people experience include:

Run better, run faster and run injury free

Unlock your true potential with a running assessment at QSMC by Senior Physiotherapist Dolph Francis. He was a travelling physio with Sally Pearson at the 2012 London Olympics where she won gold. Contact us now to book!

What can I expect in my running assessment appointment?

You can expect the duration of your running assessment appointment to go for about an hour. Here at QSMC, running assessments are carried out by senior physiotherapist, Dolph Francis. The session generally starts with Dolph getting to know you, that’s if you’re a new patient. You’ll have a one-on-one discussion with Dolph to determine your running goals and history, including reviewing any previous injuries. 

We know that everyone’s running style is different. That’s why we don’t measure on just a single parameter. Before we get you running, Dolph will generally perform a full body assessment looking for any imbalances that may affect your running form. Next, we’ll get you outside so we can film your running pattern and technique. Dolph will analyse your technique and discuss the video in detail so you’ll have a clear understanding of your unique movement pattern and where improvements can be made. Depending on the outcome of your assessment, you’ll more than likely be prescribed gait technique drills or strength exercises, sometimes both. For younger populations, strength work is highly recommended and generally prescribed to compliment gait technique drills. 

Depending on your individual goals and technique changes, Dolph will recommend when you should come back in for a progression appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

We ask that you please wear your running shoes. It is also preferable that you wear non-loose clothing and a shirt colour that is different from your shorts or leggings (this makes it easier to assess your running movement).

You can expect your running assessment appointment to go for about 1 hour. 

No, a referral is not required for a running assessment appointment. 

There are many private health funds that provide cover for Physiotherapy. However, rebates offered vary based on the individual provider, and the level of cover that you have. For more information on your coverage, please contact your provider directly. At QSMC we have HICAPS terminals at each of our locations and process private health claims at the time of your appointment. 

Meet Dolph Francis

Dolph has had his foot in the running industry since he was young. He competed for many years at an international level and held a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport for 2 years. At just 19 years old, he set the under 20s Australian record for 400m hurdles, and 36 years later, still holds the Queensland under 20’s record.

Throughout Dolph’s career, he has not only been a fierce competitor, but he has also worked for several years as an athletics coach. Eventually, his career progressed into the physiotherapy treatment of running athletes. He was a part of the travelling physio team to the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games where he worked with Sally Pearson, the same year she won the Gold Olympic medal for the 100m hurdles.

Dolph has experience treating and assessing beginner recreational runners through to Olympic athletes, so you know you’re in the best hands possible.

Headshot of Senior Physiotherapy Dolph Francis

We offer world-leading performance assessments

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Book a Running Assessment Appointment

If you would like to book in for a running assessment, or if you have any questions, please contact us. We can be reached on the information below or alternatively, leave your details in our form and we’ll be in touch.

All running assessments occur at our

Woolloongabba Clinic

812 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba

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