Running Clinic at Chestnut Hill
Our Running Clinic helps athletes recover from, and prevent, injury. Our physical therapists work together with Sports Medicine physicians to help you achieve your running goals.
In our clinic, a Sports Medicine physician and physical therapist will:
- Review your medical history and current training program
- Assess your footwear
- Examine your flexibility, strength, balance posture and foot structure (musculoskeletal examination)
- Analyze your running using video gait analysis (biomechanical assessment)
Assessing Your Run
We videotape you running a short distance on the treadmill. Using special motion-analysis software, we analyze your run frame-by-frame to assess your biomechanics — how smoothly ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles work together to generate movement.
After the evaluation, we review all of the findings with you, and give you a DVD and handouts from the gait analysis.
We develop a personalized treatment plan that takes your goals into consideration. Treatment may consist of exercise, manual therapy, footwear recommendation and/or orthotic fitting, and if appropriate, guidelines for a progressive return to running.
We may also recommend slight changes to your running form. This is called gait retraining. We may ask you to run in front of a mirror, or to the beat of a metronome, to adjust your biomechanics. These adjustments can help resolve your pain and prevent injury.
By bringing conscious attention to details such as not letting your knees drop in, we can help correct your form. These recommendations are based on today’s research in running biomechanics.
Running Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Chestnut Hill
200 Boylston Street, Newton, MA 02467