Running Performance Programs

Whether you’re an elite runner or a novice, NYU Langone's Sports Performance Center can help you improve your performance while preventing injury. We assess all aspects of your running, including training days and programming, nutrition, running mechanics, strength and flexibility, footwear, shoe orthotic inserts, and injury susceptibility.

VIDEO: A runner's experience at NYU Langone's Sports Performance Center.

We offer several running programs, including a Running Lab and Runner’s Evaluation. Sports performance testing and sports performance, health, and fitness programs are also available.

Running Lab

The Running Lab program is based on the latest research on endurance running. Our experienced team of physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and registered dietitians provides specific recommendations designed to help you achieve your running goals. During your assessment, you receive the following one-on-one evaluations.

Running Analysis

We record a high definition video of your running, viewed from the front, back, and sides, and then use motion analysis software to determine how your running mechanics affect your performance.

Runner on Treadmill at NYU Langone Sports Performance Center

Foot and Ankle Assessment

We use a series of tests and measurements to identify factors that may improve your running efficiency. Recommendations are given on the appropriate running shoe and, if necessary, orthotic inserts.

Strength and Flexibility Assessment

You complete a series of tests and measures designed to identify asymmetries and imbalances that can increase your risk for injury. Recommendations for improvement are provided.

Training Program Review

You meet with an exercise physiologist to review your current training routine and develop strategies to improve your performance, decrease the risk of injury, and maintain your running routine for years to come.

Nutrition Evaluation

We address all of your nutritional needs, including in-season and off-season guidance, information on nutritional supplements, optimal nutrient timing, and weight loss considerations, as well as what to eat before, during, and after a race.

Group Review of Running Video

After your evaluation is complete, you meet with our clinicians to review the running videos and receive initial recommendations.

Personalized Final Report

Each participant receives an individualized report that includes a detailed summary and analysis of results and customized recommendations. The report includes the following:

  • detailed assessments from all evaluations
  • training and conditioning program recommendations to address areas of improvement
  • cues for real-time training
  • an internet link to your running video
  • guidance on nutrition, footwear, and orthotic inserts

You may choose to come back for reevaluations or follow-up appointments. You meet with an exercise physiologist to review your progress and fine-tune your program of exercises and real-time running cues. Nutritional follow-up with our registered dietitians are also available. To register, please email sportsperformancecenter@nyumc.org.

Duration: 180 minutes

Runner’s Evaluation

The Runner’s Evaluation is designed for runners of all ages and abilities to help improve performance and prevent injury. During your assessment, you receive a one-on-one evaluation with an exercise physiologist that includes the following.

Running Analysis

We record a high definition video of your running and use motion analysis software to determine how your mechanics affect performance.

Strength and Flexibility Assessment

You complete a Functional Movement Screen that includes a series of tests and measurements designed to identify asymmetries and imbalances that can increase your risk of injury. Based on the results of this assessment, recommendations for improvement are provided.

Training Program Review

Your current training routine is reviewed by an exercise physiologist, who develops strategies to help you maintain your running routine for years to come.

Personalized Final Report

Each participant receives an individualized report that includes a detailed summary and analysis of results and customized recommendations. The report includes the following:

  • detailed assessments from the running analysis and Functional Movement Screen, including still shots of your running video displaying key areas of focus for improvement
  • an internet link to your running video
  • running cues for real-time training
  • exercise program recommendations to address areas for improvement

To register, please email sportsperformancecenter@nyumc.org.

Duration: 90 minutes

Additional Running Programs

In addition to our Running Lab and Runner's Evaluation, we offer the following programs.

Strength and Conditioning Class for Runners                 

This tailored cross training program is designed for runners of all levels. Running Lab experts take runners through a research-based exercise program to target key muscles and joints proven to improve running mechanics and economy. This class incorporates strengthening exercises, conditioning drills, and running form instruction. To register, please email sportsperformancecenter@nyumc.org.

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® incorporates the same technology the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses to train its astronauts. The technology reduces impact on the legs and knees following injuries or during training.

Runner’s Feet Inside Anti-Gravity Treadmill at NYU Langone Sports Performance Center

The AlterG® allows injured athletes to use their normal running form during their recovery and seamlessly transition back to full participation without the need to introduce water or other forms of cross training to preserve fitness. The AlterG® can also be used to improve running performance by designing super maximal speeds with decreased risk of injury from impact. To register, please email sportsperformancecenter@nyumc.org.

Duration: 30 minute and 60 minute sessions available