Foot up on the competition
The Running Analysis Clinical Evaluation program (RACE) assesses, evaluates and documents an athlete’s running form. The program provides both visual and verbal feedback on ways to improve form and decrease and prevent injuries.
Who runs it?
A team of Licensed Athletic Trainers (LATs) who are familiar with chronic running problems facilitates this program. The program is supervised and supported by Affinity’s team of orthopedic physicians.
Who would benefit?
High school and collegiate athletes
Anyone engaging in physical activity that places stress on their feet
This program can improve symptoms of injuries and prevent injuries from occurring. Gait analysis is beneficial for athletes that have had previous injuries or for those beginning a new training regimen. Common injuries that can be prevented or alleviated:
Lower back pain
IT band tendinitis
Muscle strains and bursitis
How the program works
RACE provides an initial evaluation as well as a follow-up evaluation to determine progress and monitor changes.
Injury History - Training History
Review your previous medical history and your current level of training.
Examine foot type, knee and hip anatomy and shoe wear patterns to assess abnormal running types such as over-pronation and supination.
Assess ankle, knee and hip strength to discover any imbalances or weaknesses.
Assess ankle, knee, hip and back flexibility to determine any need for a range of motion program.
Evaluate static (standing) and dynamic (active) balance to identify any deficiencies that need improvement.
Video Biomechanical Running Analysis
Record your foot strike and running form while on a treadmill. We use slow-motion playback to help you visualize the full running form from heel strike to toe-off.
Once the evaluation has been completed, the athlete has the option of additional medical advice or treatments, including:
Fully edited DVD copy of running form
Strengthening and stretching programs
Training program suggestions
Information and access to arch supports and orthotics
Anatomical, strength, balance, shoe wear and running form analysis on a treadmill. You will receive a take-home exercise program, stretching and recovery regimen, and fully edited DVD copy of your running form. This video is unique to your analysis and can be shown to a coach or physician and kept for comparison. A follow-up appointment is included.
A coaching session is available for a fee in which the participant can review the exercises and stretches and monitor progress in between the initial assessment and follow-up session.
RACE program costs
1. RACE Program Package - $120
2. Coaching Session - $30
What to bring
Please be prepared for activity and bring the following:
Normal running shoes
Athletic clothes (t-shirt and shorts)
Training/injury history, if applicable
To schedule an appointment, call (920) 996-3700.
Evaluations take place at:
Affinity Occupational Health
1855 S. Koeller St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902
St. Elizabeth Hospital Madison Center 4th Floor
1531 S. Madison St.
Appleton, WI 54915
The RACE program was designed by Joseph Fox, MS, LAT, who studied biomechanical analysis and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. For program information, please contact the RACE team at RACEteam@affinityhealth.org.