Running Program

running therapy

Running is a repetitive sport. With each heel strike, the average runner impacts the ground with about three times their body weight. The growing bones and developing bodies of children and teens cannot handle the stress that adult bodies can. This makes them more likely than adults to have certain running injuries.

Children’s Sports Medicine Running Program can help runners who are injured, have pain or want to prevent injury.

Services include:

  • Posture assessment
  • Strength testing
  • Flexibility assessment
  • Motion analysis video testing (analysis of running form)
  • Advice about stretching  and strengthening exercises
  • Gait retraining (corrects flaws in stride and form)
  • Training tips
  • Shoe or footwear assessment

  • Join us for a running clinic this summer as you prepare for cross country season.  We can help improve your performance and decrease your risk of injury.  Learn more


    PLAYA dynamic warm-up increases core temperature, loosens muscles and joints, and prepares the body for exercise. It can also decrease risk of injury before practice, an easy run around the neighborhood or a race.


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Our team includes sports medicine doctors, sports-certified physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, orthotists and a registered dietician. These experts work together to provide each runner with a personalized assessment.

We focus on injury prevention and education, diagnosis, treatment and improving performance. Motion analysis technology can assist sports performance enhancement. The Children’s Sports Medicine Program uses this tool to help athletes recognize sport-specific mechanical flaws such as stride correction.

Common running injuries include:

  • Achilles tendonitis (pain in back of ankle)
  • Heel or foot pain
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome (pain in the outer knee or thigh)
  • Patellofemoral stress syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Shin splints
  • Strains and sprains 
  • Stress fractures

Our pediatric-trained team has experience in assessing running mechanics. We can also enhance performance.

Call 404-785-6880 to learn more about the Running Program.