Running Injury Prevention
The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention recognizes that runners are at risk for a unique set of injuries, and that there are many steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of these injuries. To help runners of all ages and abilities stay healthy and running at their best, we offer the following:
Quick Start Program
This class is designed to give an individual a basic understanding of their gait and methods they can use to reduce their risk of injury. Flexibility and movement patterns will be assessed by an Injury Prevention Specialist prior to a thorough treadmill analysis. While the individual is running, key factors such as posture, cadence, foot strike and stride are observed. Upon completion, instruction to improve running gait is provided along with exercises to both stretch and strengthen specific muscles. Footwear recommendations are also made. $75
This clinic is designed to help facilitate stride modifications for participants in the Injured Runners Clinic and QuickStart Program. Under the watchful eye of a trained professional utilizing high speed cameras and pressure treadmills our team will work one-on-one with the trainee to help address their stride deficits. After two individual sessions, clients enter small group training sessions to master the recommendations. $25/session
Dr. Pierre d’Hemecourt – Medical Director
Dr. Pierre d’Hemecourt, M.D., FACSM, is Medical Director of the Running Program. He is also the director of Primary Care in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Co-Medical Director of the Boston Marathon, President of the International Institute of Race Medicine, and Director of the Sports Ultrasound.
In 2011, he was the recipient of the Dr. David G. Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Training Association for teaching and advocating. Dr. d’Hemecourt is on the advisory board for the Bay State Games, and a participating team physician for the Boston Ballet, Emmanuel College, Northeastern University, Newton South High School, and a number of other local schools.
Dr. d’Hemecourt received his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1980. He is an avid runner and has run most days of the week for over 30 years, competing in many marathons and several other endurance races as well.
Dr. d’Hemecourt has authored numerous medical articles, both non-peer reviewed and peer reviewed. He conducts clinical research in Sports Medicine from running, spine, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.