The Problematic Cross-Over Gait pattern. Part 1

Posted by on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 9:54 am | 2 Replies

Here Dr. Shawn Allen of The Gait Guys works with elite athlete Jack Driggs to reduce a power leak in his running form. The Cross-over gait is a product of gluteus medius and abdominal weakness and leaves the runner with much frontal plane hip movement, very little separation of the knees and a “cross over” of the feet, rendering a near “tight rope” running appearance where the feet seem to land on a straight line path. In Part 2, Dr. Allen will discuss a more detailed specific method to fix this. You will see this problem in well over 50% of runners. This problem leads to injury at the hip, knee and foot levels quite frequently. To date we have not met anyone who had a good grasp on this clinical issue or a remedy quite like ours. Help us make this video go viral so we can help more runners with this problem. Forward it to your coaches, your friends, everyone.

Thanks for watching our video, thanks for your time.

-Dr. Shawn Allen, The Gait Guys

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2 thoughts on “The Problematic Cross-Over Gait pattern. Part 1

  1. Lisa Z. Hughes, PT

    Thank you for this! We will often use the Red Cord in the PT clinic to address glut. med. weakness as it will take gravity out of the picture for someone whose glut. med is just not firing, but I just love for the runner the addition of simultaneous contralateral abdominal firing.

  2. Aimee Richards

    Thank you!!! I can’t wait to start working to correct this. As a beginner, I’ve not had any kind of formal instruction. I’ve actually bruised the inside of my ankles as I (unintentionally) kick myself. I assumed that was just a natural problem with running that I needed to get used to. Thanks for the info!

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