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Running and Cycling Clinic

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The Des Moines University Running and Cycling Clinic combines clinical expertise, experience and technology to evaluate and treat the specialized needs of runners and cyclists of all ages and levels.

Running and cycling are two of the most popular and convenient forms of exercise. Increased participation in running and cycling both competitively and recreationally has led to a higher rate of injuries — as high as 90 percent by some estimates. Seventy percent of athletes training will seek medical consultation. When running and cycling injuries occur, it can be difficult to determine who to see. Often times, the recommendations vary greatly between providers. In extreme situations when no solutions are identified, you may be advised to give up your passion for running or cycling.

The rehabilitation staff at the Running and Cycling Clinic can help you sort out the problems that are inhibiting you. Many of the issues causing pain in runners and cyclists are attributed to movement-related problems or training factors that are not detectable by static tests such as MRI, x-ray, and even some basic physical examination procedures. This is where a professional with movement-based training and sport-specific expertise can provide solutions to your running or cycling-related injury or pain.

Individualized assessment and treatment

The Running and Cycling Clinic is designed to provide individualized assessment and treatment of specific running or cycling concerns including pain, injury or performance. Individualized services include:

  • History and training program review
  • Physical examination (foot and body structural alignment, footwear, strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and movement quality)
  • Sport and rehabilitation-specific exercise instruction
  • Video analysis of running and/or biking motion
  • Treatment plan

Running and Cycling Clinic

The services required are dependent upon your unique situation. Following the examination, results are discussed and a treatment plan or recommendations are provided. Treatment may include specific exercises, manual therapy, footwear advice, bike adjustment recommendations or consultation regarding running or cycling mechanics and training parameters.

Injury-related examinations and services are typically covered as physical therapy services if you have medical insurance. Check with your insurance plan to see if you require a physician’s order to have physical therapy costs covered or to identify your costs associated with copayment, coinsurance or deductible. Costs range from $100 to $250 per visit depending on the services provided.

If you do not have an injury-related condition, yet are seeking to prevent injury or enhance your current performance then medical insurance will not cover the costs of these services. An 80-minute appointment that includes history, physical examination, video analysis and exercise recommendations is $150.

Call 515-271-1717 for more information or to schedule an appointment.