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The Spaulding National Running Center


The Spaulding National Running Center is one of the premiere centers in the United States devoted exclusively to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of running injuries in runners of all ages and abilities. Located on the campus of Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Running Center provides evidence-based clinical care developed from over 25 years of running research. For each client, the Center's sports medicine team conducts an extensive physical evaluation and uses state-of-the-art technology that includes video and force analysis of the running gait pattern. Based on the results, runners are prescribed a customized treatment plan that includes strength and flexibility training, and if needed, an individualized gait retraining program designed to address faulty running mechanics. The scientists at the Center are studying new innovations, including mobile monitoring systems that provide feedback to the sports medicine team about how clients run in their natural environments. The Spaulding National Running Center is a national and international training site for post-doctoral and doctoral students, medical residents and fellows, and scientists from many disciplines.


Approach to Care

The Spaulding National Running Center provide an in-depth evaluation of runners of all ages and abilities. This evaluation includes a thorough history, a musculoskeletal assessment of structure and alignment and a video analysis of running mechanics. We approach our patients in the same way we approach our research. We use the information we gather to form the basis of our clinical hypothesis regarding your injury. While we will provide a diagnosis of the injury, our primary goal is to establish the reason for your injury. Once we have established why you have become injured, we can develop a clear path towards the most optimal intervention.

When you enlist our services, you gain an immediate advantage of our 25 years of research into running mechanics. We are one of the scientific leaders in the area of running mechanics and injury, as well as in the development of novel interventions that address faulty gait mechanics. In other words, our interventions are evidence-based.

We treat all running-related injuries, such as:

  • Runner’s Knee
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Stress Fractures
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Lower Leg Compartment Syndrome
  • Posterior Tibialis Tendinitis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Hip Pain

We also provide these services to those with walking-related injures.


Leadership and Expertise

The SNRC resides within the Spaulding Outpatient Center in Cambridge, MA, and is affiliated with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. The Boston area in general provides an extremely rich environment for this center, given its strong medical and academic communities, along with its longstanding history with the Marathon. Cambridge, itself, is an ideal location for the center given its proximity to Harvard and MIT.

The SNRC Clinic is a well-equipped facility with a treadmill, video and therapeutic equipment needed for the evaluation and treatment of injured runners, including gait retraining of faulty running mechanics.

Irene Davis, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FACSM, Director of the SNRC, is an internationally renowned clinician and biomechanist. She has been treating runners, and has focused her research on running mechanics and injuries for 25 years. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, has led to innovative approaches to retrain faulty mechanics that are associated with common running-related injuries. Addressing these faulty mechanics not only results in relief of symptoms, it reduces the risk for further injury.

Adam Tenforde, MD is a member of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is a sports medicine physician at the Spaulding National Running Center - one of the only centers in the United States exclusively dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of running related injuries. Dr. Tenforde has the unique perspective of being both a doctor and a former professional runner who was an All-American at Stanford University where he contributed to three NCAA National Team Championships and later qualified for the Olympic Trials. Dr. Tenforde’s research has focused on the evaluation of biological and biomechanical risk factors for stress fractures and other running injuries. He is also investigating how to prevent injuries in athletes. His research has been published in many medical journals including Sports Medicine, American Journal of Sports Medicine and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Dr. Tenforde frequently lectures on sports injury and prevention, and when he’s not working you’ll find him training for the Boston Marathon which he runs every year. 

Sariya Saabye, PT, DPT is the Coordinator of the SNRC. She specializes in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on running-related Injuries. She has successfully rehabilitated runners with a wide variety of diagnoses ranging from post-operative conditions to overuse Injuries. Her focus is to help individuals of all skill levels and ages to achieve their running goals injury free.

Robert Morrison PT, DPT, is the physical therapist in the SNRC clinic. He specializes in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on running-related injuries. He has successfully rehabilitated runners with a wide variety of diagnoses related to overuse injuries. His focus is to help individuals of all skill levels and ages to achieve their running goals injury-free.


The Spaulding Running Research Laboratory
The SNRC Lab is a state of the art biomechanics laboratory with a 100 ft runway with two embedded force plates at its center, a 10 camera Motion Analysis System, a 16 channel EMG system, 2 high-speed video cameras and 2 accelerometers. This will allow the assessment of overground running, jumping, landing and cutting. In addition, there is a dual belt, instrumented, force treadmill with an 8 camera motion analysis system used for the mechanics during prolonged running.


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