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In the world of running, every step counts. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a casual jogger, the pursuit of peak performance and injury prevention is a shared goal. Enter VALD ForceDecks, a cutting-edge technology that has transformed the way runners analyze their athletic abilities. In this blog, we’ll explore how VALD ForceDecks can help runners enhance their performance and steer clear of injuries. We’ll dive into what ForceDecks are, the essential tests they offer, key measurements crucial for runners, and real-world case studies that showcase their impact. At Heal Hub, we’re proud to offer this technology, so you can book in to unlock your full running potential.

What Are VALD ForceDecks?

VALD ForceDecks are a game-changing dual force platform system designed to measure the forces exerted during various movements. In essence, they offer a window into how an athlete interacts with the ground, providing invaluable insights into force production, power output, and imbalances.

Essential Tests for Runners

1. Countermovement Jump (CMJ) Test: The CMJ test is a cornerstone assessment for runners. It gauges an athlete’s ability to generate explosive force during take-off. As part of the test, runners perform a quick downward movement (the countermovement) and then explosively jump, measuring jump height, time off the ground, and force production. This information is invaluable for monitoring progress and tailoring training programs to enhance leg power.

2. Hop Test: The hop test is a runner-specific assessment focusing on reactive strength. It involves single-leg hops, mimicking the rapid direction changes and force production required during running. It provides insights into hop height, contact time, and Reactive Strength Index (RSI), crucial for understanding performance.

3. Single Leg Jump Test: This test emphasizes the strength and power generated from a single leg. It helps identify any imbalances in force production between the legs, which can lead to performance issues or injury risks. Key measurements include jump height, contact time, and force production.

Key Measurements for Runners

1. Jump Height: Jump height is a fundamental metric assessed in tests like the CMJ and single-leg jump. It directly reflects an athlete’s explosive power and leg strength, vital for running performance.

2. Time Off the Ground: This metric quantifies the time an athlete spends in the air during a jump or hop. Faster time off the ground signifies more efficient force generation, a crucial attribute for runners seeking to improve their speed and agility.

3. Force Production: The ability to produce force quickly and efficiently is a hallmark of running performance. Force production data collected by ForceDecks offers a comprehensive understanding of an athlete’s power generation capabilities.

4. Reactive Strength Index (RSI): RSI is a critical metric for runners, calculated as jump height divided by contact time. It signifies the ability to efficiently utilize the energy absorbed during landing for an explosive push-off. A high RSI score indicates good reactive strength, translating to better running performance and reduced injury risk.

Real-World Case Studies

Case Study 1: Sarah’s Transformation

Sarah, a dedicated long-distance runner, sought to improve her performance and avoid injuries. Utilizing ForceDecks, she underwent the CMJ and hop tests, which revealed areas for improvement. Her CMJ results showed lower jump height and slower time off the ground, indicating room for enhanced leg power. The hop test revealed a suboptimal RSI score, indicating inefficient force utilization. With targeted training, including plyometrics and strength exercises, Sarah saw significant progress. Her race times improved, and she experienced fewer injuries, thanks to a better reactive strength profile.

Case Study 2: James’ Balance Enhancement

James, an enthusiastic amateur sprinter, faced consistency issues with his left and right leg power. ForceDecks identified a weakness in his left leg during the single-leg jump test. Collaborating with a physiotherapist, James adopted a strength and stability training program that focused on his left leg. Over time, the data showed improved balance between the legs, reducing the risk of injury and enhancing his sprinting performance.


In the world of running, the pursuit of peak performance and injury prevention is unending. VALD ForceDecks have emerged as a game-changing technology, offering runners a precise tool to assess and enhance their performance. By utilizing the CMJ, hop, and single-leg jump tests, and paying close attention to key measurements like jump height, time off the ground, force production, and RSI, runners can make informed decisions about their training and reduce injury risks.

At Heal Hub, we’re delighted to offer this transformative technology to help you reach your full running potential. Whether you’re aiming to shave seconds off your personal best or simply run with greater confidence, VALD ForceDecks can be your guide to success. Book in today and unlock your true running potential.

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