The Mayo Clinic performance training program for runners and walkers helps people run and walk farther, faster and without pain.
Walkers and runners at all levels can benefit from Mayo's training program. Some individuals would like to enjoy an evening stroll, but pain keeps them indoors. A marathon runner may want to perform at a higher level and improve her finishing time. Many people can reduce pain and improve their performance with simple treatment such as shoe inserts. The highly experienced staff will provide a thorough evaluation and recommendations based on your needs.
After filling out a sport-specific questionnaire about your goals, possible problems and current exercise and training level, you will undergo a detailed assessment by an experienced physical therapist. The musculoskeletal evaluation includes strength, flexibility, range of motion and other physical conditioning areas. A biomechanical review of your stride is conducted, including digital video to identify any areas of concern. Following the consultation, you receive a copy of the video and accompanying written assessment.
The physical therapist will provide instruction in pain and injury reduction strategies, as well as recommendations on how to make the most of your running and walking experience. Based on the physical assessment and identified goals, Mayo staff will create a personalized exercise prescription, along with any equipment recommendations.
The runners and walkers program can benefit the casual walker by reducing pain, or the experienced runner by improving mechanics and technique. Mayo's goal is to help you walk and run faster, farther and without pain.