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Workshop: Running For Life: Strategies to Help You Stay Healthy, Avoid Injuries, and Run Strong

NHTI LogoOn August 4th, 2012, Dr. Brett Coapland of Performance Health Spine & Sport Therapy and I will be holding a workshop titled “Running for Life: Strategies to Help You Stay Healthy, Avoid Injuries, and Run Strong” at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH.

The workshop will run from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and will involve lectures by both Brett and I (our bios can be found at the bottom of this post), as well as a gait-analysis workshop. We will also offer the opportunity for you to obtain high-speed video footage of your running gait (this will be conducted for those interested who wish to stay after the workshop).

The event is co-hosted by the NHTI Cross Country Team, and cost to attend the workshop will be $40 per participant (free for current NHTI students).

Topics to be covered include:

By Pete Larson

– Why We Should Run
– Running Injuries: Why They Happen
– Choosing a Running Shoe
– Running Form: Foot Strike and Stride

By Brett Coapland

– Muscle Imbalances: How They Contribute to Injury and Performance
– Strength Training to Improve Running Economy
– Common Running Injuries: What to Do When They Occur
– Recovery Strategies for Optimal Running Performance

Group Activities

– Gait Analysis workshop for 2-3 volunteers via treadmill
– Optional high speed filming of running stride after workshop is over

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form below to be added to our email list – we will send out additional information regarding registration via email to those who indicate an interest in participating.


Workshop Leader Bios:

Dr. Peter Larson is an associate professor of biology at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he teaches courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Comparative Anatomy. He is a Boston-qualifying marathon runner, having completed eight marathons an a 50k ultra in the past 5 years. Pete is the author of the website, and he is co-author of a new book on running titled Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running. Pete has been interviewed by or profiled in the following publications: New York Times Magazine, Runner’s World, Running Times, Competitor, Triathlete, Men’s Health, and SELF.

Dr. Brett Coapland is the clinic director at Performance Health Spine & Sport Therapy in Concord, New Hampshire. He is a chiropractor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and certified Active Release Techniques (ART) provider. Brett has completed numerous endurance events including the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run and Ironman Lake Placid. He is a life long learner in his field and regularly attends post-graduate courses focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of running related injuries.

About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

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