About the RunLab

Columbia RunLab is the premier center of biomechanical analysis for runners of all levels and experience. This unique clinic offers high-level, personalized evaluation and education for runners who want to optimize their performance, help prevent injury, or both.

As part of the Faculty Practice of Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, it brings participants the unique collaboration of experts and developing practitioners in an engaging, intimate and personal experience.

The RunLab was developed by a team of world class experts in orthopedic physical therapy, sports injury prevention and screening, and kinesiology and biomechanics. The RunLab's founder and director is Dr. Colleen Brough, Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy. An avid runner, she brings her knowledge and passion for the sport to Columbia RunLab. Beyond her personal love of running, Dr. Brough has spent over 15 years as a physical therapist in the global running community working with all levels of runners, from elite athletes to novices. Several other Columbia Physical Therapy faculty members, all of whom have expertise and clinical research experience in running, also participate in Columbia RunLab supporting specific aspects of the clinic.

In addition to providing the only team-approach clinic of this type at an Ivy League University, Columbia RunLab prides itself on student development and community outreach as part of its program. Students from the Columbia University Medical Center Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are rigorously selected as part of an elective class for the opportunity to support Columbia RunLab. Meet this year's students here. Also as part of the program, Columbia RunLab works with organizations that support restricted access, underprivileged and special-needs running groups throughout the community to provide this clinic experience free of charge.

FAQs

Who should participate in the RunLab?

Any and all runners are welcome to participate. The RunLab is also ideal for 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 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.

$360Standard Rate
$26030% Discounted team rate (must fill all 4 evening spots)
$1250VIP Rate: Although Columbia RunLab believes that the group analysis experience is ideal for education and camaraderie, individual experiences are available.

When are the next RunLab sessions?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How do I book an appointment?

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

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