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The Columbia RunLab

Do you have a persistent injury and don't know why? Interested in learning how to prevent injury? Or are you looking for ways to improve performance? The Columbia RunLab can answer your questions.

The Columbia RunLab is a world-class running analysis experience provided by the faculty practice of the graduate program in physical therapy, part of the department of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Colleen Brough, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, is Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy, is the RunLab's director and founder. She is a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy with over 15 years of patient care and teaching experience, and an avid runner.

Through a series of evaluations, use of cutting-edge technology, and comprehensive analysis, Columbia RunLab's team of clinicians, researchers, and doctoral students will correlate their findings in order to give you the best methods to enhance performance and prevent injury.

 

Who should participate in the RunLab?

Any and all runners are welcome to participate. We deliver a comprehensive running analysis experience for Olympic, elite, competitive and recreational runners. The RunLab is also ideal for professional, competitive, collegiate and high school teams.

 

What happens at a typical session of the Columbia RunLab?

Sessions for individuals are held in the evenings from 5:00-8:30PM. There are three to four runners per session.

After check-in, each runner will be ushered through a series of running-specific, evaluative stations where they will run on a treadmill, and perform relevant exercises and movements for the clinicians. Also included is a Functional Movement Screen, which helps identify limitations and asymmetries. This process utilizes state of the art technology and video analysis which provides detailed information on how the runner recruits specific muscles, and adapts to various stages of running. Additionally, the information identifies the runner’s flight time, stride length, step length, cadence and foot strike.

Following this data collection period, all of the runners participate in a dynamic round table discussion. Here, the Columbia Physical Therapy Faculty and doctoral students analyze each runner's form, strengths, weaknesses, and injury risk using video analysis and the data collected earlier in the evening. Based on the team’s diagnosis and observations, appropriate targeted home exercise interventions are recommended.

 

What are the fees?

Fee is payable at the time of your visit by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). The RunLab does not accept insurance.

 

Standard Rate: $360

30% Discounted team rate (must fill all 3 evening spots): $260

VIP Rate*: $1250
*Although Columbia RunLab believes that the group analysis experience is ideal for education and camaraderie, individual experiences are available.

 

How do I book an appointment?

For more information or to book an appointment: Email runlab@cumc.columbia.edu or call 212-342-3287.

Learn more about the Program in Physical Therapy and educational opportunities for doctoral students as part of the RunLab team.