Runner’s Clinic :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Runner's Clinic

 
Our Runner’s Clinic is a great resource for cross country and track athletes with repetitive stress injuries, or for any runners who experience the following symptoms:
 
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Ankle/Foot pain
  • Calf/Heel pain
  • Difficulty completing runs due to soreness or weakness

What to Expect

When a runner is referred for a 90 minute running evaluation, a physical therapist will evaluate the patient’s flexibility, strength, posture and lower extremity positioning. The patient will perform several functional tests to evaluate for neuromuscular control deficits. Finally, the runner will be videotaped while running on a treadmill for approximately 10 minutes.
 
The video will be analyzed to evaluate for biomechanical deviations from efficient running form that may be contributing to injuries. Hip, knee, foot, pelvis and trunk position will be measured during initial contact, midstance and pre-swing from four different view points.
 
Problems that can be identified during gait analysis include overpronation, hip drop, overstriding, understriding, crossing midline and increased anterior pelvic tilt.  A report will be formulated to share with the referring physician and the family.

Gait Analysis

Hip, knee, foot, pelvic and trunk position will be measured during initial contact, midstance, and preswing from 4 view points (anterior, posterior, right and left sides).
 
Problems that can be identified during gait analysis include:
  • Overpronation
  • Excessive hip drop
  • Excessive anterior pelvic tilt
  • Overstriding
  • Understriding
  • Crossing over midline
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