The Running Lab is a branch of Therapeutic Associates on State Street. The goal of the Running Lab is to treat injured runners, enhance running performance and prevent running injuries by utilizing the most current running-specific analysis technology and training equipment. The Running Lab will utilize advanced video gait analysis, running metrics, physiological testing and the alter-G treadmill. The alter-G treadmill will serve a second purpose as providing a unique and very useful tool for the rehabilitation of post-surgical patients, patients with spinal injuries and overuse syndromes.
Who would benefit from The Running Lab?
The AlterG is a revolutionary approach to rehabilitation and training. AlterG’s unique unweighting technology reduces the impact of walking or running, giving post-operative and post-injury patients the opportunity to rehabilitate and resume training earlier than ever before.
AlterG is FDA cleared to safely provide a functional rehabilitation tool for any of your lower extremity patients who have been:
- Approved by their treating physician for at least 25% partial weight bearing
- Allowed to flex and extend their hip, knee, and ankle through a limited range of motion
Alter-G-Page-BannerThe AlterG has been used by top professional athletes and teams to:
- Enhance performance while minimizing the impact
- Increase training volume and minimize stress-related injuries
- Maximize fitness retention during rehabilitation
Triathlete Magazine published an article about the AlterG and the professional athletes who have used it as a recovery tool, as well as a part of their regular training regimens, including low-intensity interval training, overspeed training, and hill training.
AlterG 10-visit Punch Card
Runner's Biomechanical Evaluation
The Runner’s Biomechanical Evaluation is an assessment designed specifically to give the runner an insight into muscle, joint, or movement dysfunction that can have a negative effect on running performance and/or lead to repetitive strain-causing injury. The ultimate goal of the evaluation is to identify movement asymmetries, muscle strength and flexibility imbalances, and joint motion restrictions that the therapist will use to design an exercise program specific to each individual runner to improve mechanical efficiency.
What does the evaluation consist of a complete 60-90 minute biomechanical evaluation, including video gait analysis, assessment of muscular strength and flexibility imbalances, individualized program for improving mechanical efficiency and addressing imbalances, and a 30-day follow up.
Video Gait Analysis: The therapist will analyze the runner’s form using video software. By using this software the therapist will be able to look at the runner in multiple planes of motion, break down the running cycle frame by frame, and use on-screen measurements to make a detailed assessment of the runner’s form in order to identify movement abnormalities.
Mechanical assessment: The therapist will go through a series of tests to examine joint range of motion, muscle flexibility and strength, and dynamic movement screens geared towards evaluating neuromuscular control in order to assist in finding movement dysfunction.
Footwear and/or orthotic assessment: The therapist will take a detailed look at the runner’s current shoes/orthotics, compare findings with the mechanical assessment, and make recommendations about possible changes that can be made.
Recommendations for intervention: By the end of your evaluation the therapist will be able to make suggestions regarding supplemental strength training, range of motion/stretching exercises, running form drills, and various other interventions specific to each runner’s needs to restore muscle balance, resolve movement asymmetries, and complement training.
Runner’s Biomechanical Evaluation would benefit:
- Runners of all ages and levels, whether competitive or recreational, who are interested in improving their mechanical efficiency in order to improve running performance.
- Runners currently dealing with injury who want an evaluation targeted specifically to the demands of running and rehabilitation aimed at restoring pain-free running as well as improving performance through mechanical efficiency.