Running Injury Prevention

IDEAL FOR: Runners looking to maximize their effort and minimize injuries and runners who have been seen in the Division of Sports Medicine Injured Runners Clinic.

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:

Running Gait Retraining Program

Identify inefficiencies in your running gait and learn how to reduce your risk for injury. Our staff will evaluate your posture, cadence, foot strike, stride, flexibility, strength, and movement patterns. Instruction will then be provided on how to improve your running gait along with exercises to stretch and strengthen specific muscles.

After the initial analysis, our staff will encourage entering into our gait retraining program to focus on your flexibility, strength, and technique needs. Once you have completed 8 half-hour sessions, a hour long re-test will identify improvements made and provide guidance for continued training.

Session 1: New runner analysis; 1.5 hours ($100)
Session 2-9: Form, strength, and flexibility; 30 minutes ($45 each session)
Session 10: Runner reassessment; 1 hour ($45)

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Dr. Pierre d’Hemecourt – Medical Director

Dr. Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD, FACSM, is Medical Director of the Running Program. He is also the director of primary care sports medicine 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 the director of the Sports Ultrasound Clinic.

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 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.

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.