FARMINGTON — The Franklin Memorial Hospital Physical Rehabilitation department recently hosted two running clinics for high school track teams that receive training services from the hospital: Spruce Mountain, Mt. Blue and Mt. Abram.

The clinics provided screening for flexibility, core strength, footwear choices, diet and running gait. The running analysis is provided through a slow-motion computer program that enables the clinician to analyze a person’s gait in millisecond increments.

FMH staff taking part in the clinics included: Dr. Thomas Pulling; athletic trainers Dan Waterman and Jeremy Starbird; physical therapists Heather Patterson, Jon Abell, Sue Davidson and Marco Madison; and dietitian Katie Drouin.

Through extensive research and training, the physical therapist is able to analyze multiple points of contact during running to help prevent injury and improve performance.

The service will be offered again in August.

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