Have you made the New Year’s resolution to finally run that half marathon this year? Lose that holiday weight by hitting the treadmill? Reclaim the part of your youth when you enjoyed running? All of these sound like great reasons to be active, but do these well wishes hold up once you start to feel tightness in one calf, clicking in your knees or that sharp pain in your hip? If you want to keep the dream alive, instead of slowing down or stopping, schedule a RACE!
The RACE (Running Assessment and Clinical Evaluation) program is a personalized, one-on-one study of you and your body mechanics while you walk or run. This program is for the old or the young, the ultra marathoner or the 5K-charity walker. We will find what is hurting, the reasons that cause the pain and what you can do to help yourself get through it. During your appointment, one of our licensed athletic trainers will go through your personal health history looking for past injuries, details on any current ailments and your training schedule.
During your exam, your range of motion, flexibility and strength will be examined to see if there are any imbalances in your lower body. Then, we’ll examine what your individual foot type is, as that can tell us many things about how you walk before you even place a foot on the treadmill.
The real fun begins when we start up the camcorder and tape your balance performance. You’ll get to see yourself on the (small) screen doing single-leg balances, calf raises and hops so we can analyze your landings.
After that, it’s onto the treadmill! While you may think you have full control of yourself and your body, the tape does not lie. During taping we will see what your barefoot walking and jogging gait is, and how it changes when you have running shoes on. Unless you have received some prior training, have worked on aspects of your form or happen to be one of the few truly gifted in the running department, running is (for the most part) the body’s response to ‘Danger! Get moving!’ It is inherent, not learned. Because of this, you could potentially put yourself at risk for injury if you decide to start putting in a lot of running miles.
With a RACE visit, we will see and show you just what your body is doing during your natural movement. We will pinpoint and try to pick out what else you are doing in your normal life that may be affecting your gait. Everything we tape is recorded on a DVD and sent to you, along with a write-up of everything we discussed and what to do after the office visit. Suggestions on shoes, training tips and strength and flexibility routines to adopt are all part of your package. You also get a six-week follow-up visit to see how your personal work has changed you. There is so much more to running than simply putting one foot in front of the other. With a good RACE behind you, we’ll have you putting your best foot forward.
Evaluations take place at:
Affinity Occupational Health
1855 S. Koeller St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902
St. Elizabeth Hospital Madison Center 4th Floor
1531 S. Madison St.
Appleton, WI 5491
Call (920) 996-3700 to make an appointment. Feel free to reach us by email at RACEteam@affinityhealth.org with any questions that you may have.