Appointments: 515-271-1700

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

Running and Cycling Treatment and Clinic

Rehabilitation for running and cycling injuries

Pain and injuries in runners and cyclists are often due to multiple factors, but commonly includes less-than-ideal movement patterns or a mismatch between the body’s capacity and the training load. Our physical therapists will evaluate the way you move, your training regimen, body alignment, flexibility, muscle performance and footwear. We integrate wearable and motion analysis technology to assess movement posture and efficiency to identify problems that cannot be captured by the naked eye. An individualized treatment plan may include specific exercises, modification of training parameters, manual therapy, trigger point procedures (including dry needling), footwear advice, bike adjustment recommendations, and retraining running or cycling mechanics.

Prevention of injury or Performance Enhancement

Whether training for a marathon, triathlon or a shorter race, we all want to avoid injuries and be as fast and efficient as possible. Our Running and Cycling Clinic can address these needs. Therapists will review your running or cycling history, medical history, and additional exercise or work demands. A movement-based physical examination, video analysis, and additional information from sensors worn while running will allow our therapists to provide recommendations to help achieve your goals.

Physical therapy related to injury is covered by most medical insurance; contact your insurance company for specific benefits. Medical insurance does not cover examination or procedures to prevent injuries and/or enhance performance.  Running/cycling injury prevention or performance enhancement appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes at a cost of $150.

Appointments 515-271-1717
Hours Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Running is bad for your knees, right? Not so fast…

Many of us have heard the common perception that running is hard on your knees and that runners will eventually “ruin” theirs if they keep it up. Or, when a runner suffers an injury, the simplistic solution of just stop …

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Running Incontinence and the Pelvic Floor

When you are running, walking or just doing other daily movements, the pelvic floor plays a major yet often silent role. What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor consists of muscles at the bottom of your pelvis that help …

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Young athletes can up their game with a good warm-up

School sports are a great way for youth to stay fit, build positive character traits and have fun. But as with adults, it’s important that young athletes take the time to warm up properly to reduce the risk of injury. …

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Starting your marathon training? You better have a plan

Running is one of the most convenient and effective forms of exercise. It is also one of the most natural forms of competition, requiring no other instruments than shoes, and even that is optional for some. For many runners, the …

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Proper bike fit can reduce injury risk, increase performance

As cycling season kicks into high gear, it’s important to slow down and think about bike safety. While accidents are the number one source of bicycle-related injuries, improper bike fit is a common cause of back, knee, neck, wrist and …

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Identify the cause to eliminate lower back pain

For runners and cyclists, knee pain is the most prevalent injury, but lower back pain is the most common reason they seek medical help. Fifty percent of cyclists and 10 percent of runners experience lower back pain and the causes …

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Physical Therapy Clinic moves patients, improves function in every stage and age

A terrific team: DMU physical therapy clinicians include Libby Trausch, Sharon Johansen, Kari Smith, Shane McClinton, Traci Bush, Michelle Brown, Kathy Mercuris and Shannon Petersen, with patient services representative Fran Allen.  When the city of Des Moines in 2009 switched …

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Free seminar for local runners May 4 at DMU

The Des Moines University Sports Medicine Club is hosting “Health Care Perspectives for Today’s Runner,” a free seminar for Des Moines area runners, on May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic Center, 3440 Grand Avenue. The …

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Free lecture series for athletes will focus on preventing injuries while training

The Des Moines University Clinic is kicking off the Athletic Power Hour five-part series on February 24. The series is free and open to the public. “We have so many great experts and wonderful facilities on campus that this just …

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