114. Colleen M. Brough, PT, DPT, MS, Founder + Director Columbia RunLab On Running Mechanics, Injury Prevention, & Performance Enhancement

Colleen Brough, PT, DPT, MS is the Director and Founder of Columbia RunLab, a premier running performance lab offering a highly-specialized running analysis experience for Olympic, elite, competitive, and recreational teams and runners.  Columbia RunLab offers state-of-the-art, in-depth evaluation and education for runners who want to optimize their performance, help prevent and manage injuries.  Originally from the New York City area, Colleen is a lifelong athlete and avid runner and has  been an active member of New York Road Runners and Front Runners New York.

Dr. Brough is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUIMC in Columbia University’s Programs in Physical Therapy . She is an orthopedic specialist certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists with over 15 years of clinical and teaching experience.  She teaches Applied Physiology and lectures on Orthopedics in the Columbia University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy.

On this episode, I sync up with Colleen about where her journey into physical therapy began, the pivotal moment that shaped her career, the path that led her to running, and the inspiration behind Columbia RunLab. We talk about her strategies for injury prevention and boosting run performance, her philosophy around rehabilitating runners while keeping them moving, the mechanical hallmarks of runners that are prone to injury, and do a deep dive into foot striking + ground contact angles, knee flexion and overstriding. She offers insight on DIY at home running analysis tactics that are easy to follow, how you can recognize your mileage and pace tipping point, discover the mechanical issues that may be driving your injury, and a few ideas on how you can  optimize your running performance.

Columbia RunLab prides itself on student development and community outreach as part of its program. They work with organizations that support restricted access, underserved and special-needs running groups throughout the community to provide this clinic experience free of charge. Students from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are rigorously selected as part of an elective class for the opportunity to support Columbia RunLab. They are a faculty practice of the graduate Programs in Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


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