Running lifestyle brand Saucony have launched their all-new Stride Lab gait assessment technology, which will be toured around UK running shops this year. Developed by the Saucony Innovation Lab in Boston, the Stride Lab expands on the experience offered by typical gait assessments; while most simply film a runner from behind as they run on a treadmill, the Stride Lab features three high-speed cameras in front, behind and at the side of the runner. These different angles allow for every dynamic aspect of a runner's technique to be assessed, including their knee rotation, leg extension and knee flexion.
‘Everybody has an individual running style, so it’s important to look up from the foot and analyse the whole body,' says Saucony UK country manager Richard Outterside. 'Our experts will be travelling with the lab kit to train retail staff to analyse the runner from these three perspectives for a high level of feedback. Offering additional individual data and information to the runner will dramatically enhance the level of service and will assist store staff with the shoe selection process.'
Spencer White, Vice President of Human Performance and Innovation Lab at Saucony HQ, who directed the development of the Stride Lab says ‘The outcome of a session on the lab is not a prescription for the perfect shoe, but a 360° understanding of the runner's requirements and how speciality running stores add value that cannot be found elsewhere. Usually, selecting correct footwear is part of the solution, but a Stride Analysis will also lead to advice regarding the runner's flexibility, strength and conditioning regimen.'
The Stride Lab launches at Sweatshop on London's Trump Street on 7th March - click here to book in or find out about more dates and locations.