Biomechanical Assessment

The Assessment can be described as a full service for the musculoskeletal system. The procedures have been developed by us and other excellent Physios worldwide during many years of screening with Elite Sports such as:

 

  • The England/Lions Rugby Team
  • The British Athletics Team
  • Olympic Teams 2000 and 2004
  • English Institute of Sport
  • Northampton Saints RFC.

 

It is specifically aimed at the athlete but can be adapted to any sport or occupation. It will be carried out by one of our expert physiotherapists at WPB. We are looking for areas of potential injury – short or long term, as well as areas in which performance can be enhanced with some specific remedial work. This will be discussed in detail and a plan formulated. The work will mostly be in the form of exercise or possibly combined with a treatment programme.

The assessment itself will not benefit you – it is the work that is done as a result of it!

This is why following the screening we often recommend a 40-minute follow-up appointment at around 4-6 weeks after the screening to ensure your performance and body gain the most from this process.

The assessment will include:

Functional Motion Control Assessment using video analysis, if required, to look at the movement patterns of athletes, which can give the physiotherapist a huge amount of information and help tailor the screening process.

Musculoskeletal Screening which systematically works through the spinal and limb systems looking for areas of tightness, weakness, too much or too little movement, muscle imbalance, neural tightness and specific control of the joints will also be examined.

Video Gait Analysis and sport specific movement profiling of walking and running.

Exercise Programme will be set, teaching you which exercises to work on to help normalize and optimize your biomechanics.

 

What will be covered explicitly depends on what areas are most important or problematic to the athlete/patient. Some screening assessments may not include video gait analysis or isokinetic testing if this is not relevant. We will endeavour to make your screening process as specific to you as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to wear? Shorts, T-shirt, trainers. Please bring any orthotics and some well worn trainers.

How long will it take?  We generally require a double session, so 80 minutes to get the screening and video analysis completed, usually followed by a 40 minute follow-up as appropriate to the individual. The double session is particularly useful if you are travelling a long way (We have patients who travel from Europe and the USA). However, if you are local and you are injured, then a single session with treatment might be more appropriate initially. We can do the video analysis at the next session or in a follow-up session.

Cost of screening – £96 for the first double session. Follow-ups at £48 as required.

Please contact the practice on Tel. 01604 601641 or email the Practice Email