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Runner's Evaluation Identifies And Corrects Mechanical Deficits
Date:6/24/2013

CHICAGO, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Runners Beware.  A National Institute of Health study shows that up to 50 percent of runners sustain an injury each year -- and up to 70 percent of those will recur.  At risk are both casual runners and endurance athletes.  But, there's hope for Chicago area runners who want to prevent injuries or remain injury-free. 

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Accelerated Physical Therapy is offering an assessment tool to identify mechanical deficits in runners of all ages and skills.  The Runner's Evaluation includes a full gait analysis by a licensed physical therapist trained to identify a runner's flexibility, range of motion, muscular strength and running pattern. It also detects whether the patient has injury-prone areas and/or gait deficits that can be corrected through individualized training and exercise programs.

Using state-of-the-art video analysis software, called Dartfish Prosuite, specially-trained physical therapists videotape an individual running to identify  his/her physical condition and movement dysfunction during activity.  Dartfish has been proven beneficial with qualitative and quantitative movement analysis, gait analysis, muscle imbalance assessment, injury prevention, ergonomics, performance and fitness testing. In addition, each runner receives a copy of his/her video analysis, making it easier to visualize recommendations and follow the physical therapist's instructions.

Shilpi Havron, Accelerated PT and running specialist, describes the Runner's Evaluation as a "comprehensive tool for providing feedback on an individual's biomechanics and chances for injury."  The most common running injuries she treats are patellar tendonitis/runner's knee, plantar fasciitis
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