Running Program

At Mountain Land, we know running. Our Physical Therapists are passionate about treating and preventing running injuries. We are committed to continual study and learning about running medicine. Through the use of specialized tools such as high frame rate video running analysis, we are able to analyze your gait and formulate an individualized plan to help you take your run to the next level.

Our passion for running doesn’t stop in the clinic. Mountain Land therapists are an active part of the running community. Since its inception in 2004, we have been providing race support to runners in the Ragnar Relay, as well as many other running events and marathons. We work with high school athletic programs, track teams and running clubs to provide insight and expertise to keep runners running.

With the leadership of Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, Mountain Land has earned a reputation as a source of knowledge in Running Medicine. Each month, Mountain Land produces a free Running Medicine Podcast for running medicine professionals and enthusiasts alike. Mountain Land also hosts an annual Running Summit featuring running medicine experts from across the country. In addition to being an invaluable learning resource, The Mountain Land Running Summit is also a great place for Physicians, Physical Therapists, Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and Personal Trainers to network and learn about the science of running.

Regardless of whether you are a novice runner, an ultra marathoner or a running professional, Mountain Land has the skills and expertise to keep you running.

Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast

with Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

The Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in running medicine. Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, is the host of the Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast, and is widely accepted as one of the world’s foremost experts in running mechanics and injury management. During each episode, Dr. Heiderscheit and co-host Mark D. Anderson, PT, MPT, OCS delve into a specific running medicine topic while applying real world experience and research to give listeners a comprehensive take on the subject.

Running Video Analysis

At Mountain Land, we’re passionate about helping runners improve their running mechanics and avoid injuries. That’s why we offer our Running Video Analysis as well as training in proper running mechanics. Our therapists are experienced in working with both competitive and recreational runners and have the skills and knowledge to help you run your best.

Our running video analysis is helpful for all runners, whether you’re in pain or injured, or you’re looking to improve your overall running performance. Our therapists will help you define and reach your goals.

How Running Video Analysis Works

The Running Video Analysis begins with a therapist reviewing your running mechanics and motion as you run on a treadmill. They will record your run using a high frame rate camera and use this video to provide visual feedback of your running motion.

Once you’ve completed the test, your therapist will review their findings with you based on the video analysis and offer some feedback about your running style, posture and motion. An in-depth physical evaluation will identify areas of weakness, tightness, and other asymmetries that result in mechanical dysfunction. Your therapist will work with you on stretching and strengthening your core, hips, knees, legs, and ankles so that your body can better handle the stresses of running.

Your therapist will also help you develop a personalized treatment program for you based on the results of your running video analysis and your specific needs and goals. They may also recommend follow-up visits to help you achieve your goals and make necessary changes to your running motion. Recent studies have shown that runners can achieve the muscle memory necessary to run with good mechanics in as little as 8 training visits. During those 8 visits your therapist will provide you with the tools and training tips to continue to run without pain.

Running Exercises

These instructions cover some of the more common exercises that can be helpful for runners. Our Running Specialists will work with you to identify exactly what will give you the best results and put together a combination of these and other exercises and treatment techniques to help relieve your pain and keep you running injury free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I get hurt?

There are many theories why injuries occur. Everything from stretching, to running surfaces, to shoes can be blamed for running injuries. However, we have discovered that the cause of an injury can often be traced to the way we run. This has become a basis for how we treat injuries as part of our running program.

Our Mountain Land therapists take an active approach in identifying all the possible risk factors while running. We are always up to date with recent studies that investigate the cause of running injuries, and use that information to help you improve your running and avoid injury.

Using innovative methods such as Running Video Analysis, our physical therapists will assess your body mechanics, step rate, and impact forces to diagnose possible reasons for your pain.

Who needs the running program?

We built this program to provide support to runners of any age, discipline or experience. Our program can help you, even if you don’t currently experience pain or injury.

We were all born to run. Whether you are training for a marathon, distance relay race, 10k, 5k, or you just enjoy seeing how far your feet can carry you; anyone can benefit from Mountain Land Physical Therapy’s running program.

What makes our program different?

Mountain Land’s running program cuts through the myths about running injuries. We work with runners, creating a personalized plan to improve running mechanics and decrease the risk of injury.

With the help of video cameras and sophisticated computer software, we analyze your running motion and provide you with visual feedback. We show you how small changes to your running mechanics will make a huge difference in how you feel. Learn more about our video running evaluation program here.

An in-depth physical evaluation will identify areas of weakness, tightness, and other asymmetries that result in mechanical dysfunction. We work with you on stretching and strengthening your core, hips, knees, legs, and ankles so that your body can better handle the stresses of running.

Recent studies have shown that runners can achieve the muscle memory necessary to run with proper mechanics in as little as 8 training visits. During those 8 visits we provide you with the tools and training tips to continue to run without pain.

 

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