Runners running.

Why Do Sports Medicine Experts Focus on Running?

At Cincinnati Children’s Running Medicine program, our experts understand the training and competition demands of running.

Our specialists, who are trained to care for youth and adolescent runners, are experienced in the unique rigors and requirements of running. Our team will work with the runner, family, and running coach to ensure the runner’s return as quickly as is safe to do so.

Given the physical and technical demands of running, injuries and pain are not uncommon. Our team-based approach strives to minimize time lost to running, and prevent injury from recurring, through

  • Striving to meet the athletic demands of running
  • Understanding that many running injuries are a result of overuse, improper training, and / or improper technique
  • Realizing the demands of running along with understanding the injury
  • Assembling a team approach to treat the runner, including doctors, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, nutrition experts, and sports psychologists.

What is the impact on the body?

Running has many benefits, including improving strength, balance, coordination, and personal growth.

However, the physical nature of running puts significant demands on the bones, muscles, and tendons, while the specific training demands pushes the runner’s cardiovascular limits

This combination puts the runner at risk for injury. With early intervention and attention to proper training and form, injury does not have to be inevitable.  

Common Running Injuries

Running Medicine Services

No one understands a runner like a runner. Our team of running medicine specialists, who are pediatric-trained physical therapists with years of experience treating runners and a history of high-level running themselves — offer on-site and running medicine services to meet the needs of runners.

Running Injury Clinic- Multidisciplinary Team

The running injury clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic consisting of a sports medicine physician and a physical therapist to evaluate children, adolescents, and young adults participating in recreational or competitive running who:

  • Have a running-related injury. 
  • Are returning to running after injury. 
  • Want to prevent injury. 
  • Want to improve their running form and performance after injury.

Who would benefit from the program?

  • Injured runners.

Who should I contact for more information?