Gait Analysis

3-D Gait Analysis

Schedule an Appointment Contact:

Scott Austen

Manager, Biomechanics and Human Performance Assessment Lab

[email protected]

952-888-4777 ext. 145

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Improve your running performance and help prevent injuries:

The Sweere Center Biomechanics and Human Performance Assessment Laboratory is offering the Twin Cities’ first 3-D Gait Analysis which moves beyond the typical, but limited 2-D analysis that is commonly available.

Benefits of 3-D gait analysis:

As a runner, you'll benefit from knowing both the kinematics (joint angles) and kinetics (forces and moments) of your gait in three dimensions. While many running shops and coaches are well-trained and can serve as a excellent starting point for identifying basic gait issues, this 3-D quantitative examination can reveal subtle but clinically significant issues in a your running gait.

This knowledge can enable you to:

Modify your form to improve running performance

Reduce the chance of injury

Help heal injuries

We welcome everyone at all levels of athletic ability. While fitness and performance levels may vary between our clients, the service we provide to all individuals is the same.

What happens during your visit:

The gait analysis data is collected while you run on a Bertec instrumented treadmill. At the same time, we collect movement data using our 12-camera Vicon motion capture system. Combining the data from these two systems allows us to report all lower limb joint (and pelvis) angles in three dimensions along with the associated joint moments (torques).

Two additional videos are also captured during the session. An HD camera captures the whole person running, while a high-speed video camera captures a close-up of your feet.

What to bring:

Bring your normal running apparel and shoes including orthotics/inserts. (We have changing rooms.) Minimize the reflective clothing and shoe material as we will attach reflective markers (using elastic straps) to allow capture of your movements.

Compression-type shorts or tights are preferred to make the attachment of the reflective marker clusters easier.

Your written report:

At the end of the session, a written report is generated along with video and a computer-generated model of the gait parameters. We will review the report with you and recommendations will be provided by Dr. DeNunzio, if you so choose. We can also send the report to your healthcare provider, trainer or coach. We look forward to partnering with other healthcare and fitness professionals.

As there are many parameters, some of which are very subtle and unfamiliar to runners and clinicians, a biomechanical analysis report is included pointing out and explaining any outstanding features captured in the data.

Length of appointment:

Your visit usually last about 1-hour. This includes changing into your running apparel, the set-up, data collection and review of the data.

Warm-up and running time:

We allow you to warm up as much as needed on the treadmill, but the actual running time for the data collection is only 5-10 minutes at a self-selected speed.

If you are experiencing acute pain:

We will not be able to complete a thorough assessment of your movement in the presence of acute pain. Pain can change movement and movement can change pain.

A rapid increase in symptoms (acute), including pain, should be addressed by your healthcare provider who will determine the need for diagnostic tests and treatment.

Cost of assessment:

To review the cost of a basic assessment and other options, or to schedule an appointment, contact Scott Austen at 952-888-4777 ext. 145 or [email protected].


Northwestern Health Sciences University

Sweere Clinic, door #7 (facing Penn Ave.)

2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431

Map and directions


Free parking is available in the lower level east parking lot, door #7, Sweere Clinic (blue sign). “Patient Parking Only" spaces are available.

Office Hours


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9:00 AM-5:00 PM


9:00 AM-5:00 PM


9:00 AM-5:00 PM