Jogging, running clinic to be held April 28
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 3:11 pm

POTSDAM -- Canton-Potsdam Hospital invites runners and joggers of all abilities to a performance screening on April 28. The event will be held from 7 a.m. until all screenings are complete at the hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation suite at the Helen Snell Cheel Medical Campus, 49 Lawrence Ave. All levels (from beginner to elite competitors) and all ages are encouraged to attend.

The screening, which includes video analysis, is designed to analyze a runner or jogger’s form—proper musculoskeletal alignment—during movement. Cost of the screening is $15 and includes a video analysis to identify areas for improvement and an individualized review with follow-up recommendations, as appropriate.

“Athletes and those who study athletic performance have known for some time that proper form is essential for avoiding injuries, preventing repetitive strain on joints, and improving speed and endurance,” said Tracy J. French, PT, who has special training in assessment of running and jogging form. “The fitness of muscles and joints is just as important as cardiovascular fitness for the best results when starting a running program or when athletes want to take their performance up a notch,” she said.

The video analysis allows French and Laurie M. White, PTA, Interim Director of Physical Rehabilitation, to assess detailed images of musculoskeletal alignment and stability in slow-motion or freeze-frame, allowing comparisons to optimal states, and allowing identification of potential problems before they occur.

According to French, it’s not running that causes injuries, but rather poor form or training errors. “Everyone can benefit from a video running analysis, whether you are a beginner or experienced runner, a weekend warrior, or competitive runner. The analysis will help to identify areas of your running form that could be causing pain or repetitive strain on your joints and muscles,” said French. “Once you have identified the components of your running style that could be detrimental to your success, you can then focus on modifying your running form to become more efficient, decrease your risk of injury, decrease pain associated with running, and improve your competitive performance.”

For the best results, participants should bring their running shoes, socks, and work-out attire worn during their normal running routine, including any orthotics, wraps, or stability supports usually worn during a run. To ensure individualized attention, appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 315-261-5460.