Friday, June 17, 2011

Loyola Starting Innovative Running Clinic Designed to Reduce Injuries, Improve Race Times

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System is launching an innovative new Running Clinic that will help runners avoid injury, improve their stride and boost race times. During the one-hour, one-on-one clinic, the runner will receive: -- Digital video analyses. The runner will be videotaped on a treadmill, from the front, back and side. A specialized software program will provide a frame-by-frame analysis of each. It will show, for example, whether a runner's feet are striking the ground correctly or whether the pelvis is rocking too much. The runner will be given a DVD copy. -- Biomechanical assessment of strength, flexibility and mobility (range of motion). -- Nutritional counseling, including recommendations on how many calories to consume and how to avoid drinking too much or too little water during long runs. -- Recommendations on the best running shoes (and orthotic shoe inserts, if necessary), based on the runner's foot type and stride. "Our clinic is designed to help runners of all ages, from casual joggers to high-mileage marathon runners," said Debra Popovich, manager of outpatient rehab services. The clinic is conducted by advanced practice physical therapist John Ragonese, an orthopaedic clinical specialist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Ragonese also is a runner who competes in Olympic-distance triathlons. The running clinic will be offered monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: July 16 -- Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, 6800 N. Frontage Rd., Burr Ridge. Aug. 6 -- Loyola Center for Rehabilitation on Roosevelt, 1219 W. Roosevelt Rd., Maywood. Sept. 10 -- Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. The cost is $150. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Loyola Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Department on Roosevelt Road, (708) 531-7950.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.