HSHS Medical Group and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy introduce a new program to support current runners and those wishing to start on how to run safely and improve performance.

The new Injury Free Running Clinic is available at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy clinic, located at 209 Rec Plex Drive in O’Fallon. Led by HSHS Medical Group family physician Dr. David Bereda and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s physical therapist Kristen Busch, PT, DPT, the program’s goal is to support and educate runners on injury prevention and performance enhancements through a personalized plan. Additional community partners of the program include Toolen’s Running Start and the McKendree Metro Rec Plex.

The first Injury Free Running Clinic will be Wednesday, June 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient office at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex. The clinic is FREE and open to the public. Visit here to register or call 618-624-3668.

“Running injuries can often be caused by poor body mechanics, muscle overuse and even wearing the wrong type or mis-sized shoes,” Dr. Bereda said. “With our trained specialists, we can adjust and improve performance for all levels of runners – from beginners to experts – safely with a comprehensive examination and one-on-one support.”

The program will feature:

  • A demonstration of proper running form
  • Instruction on dynamic stretching and cadence count
  • A video gait analysis
  • Shoe fitting by Toolen’s Running Start
  • Discussion on common running injuries
  • Question and answer session with physician and physical therapist

“I’m excited to be a part of this new clinic to help people of any age get the most out of running and achieve their specific health goals,” Busch said. “Whether you are recovering from a past injury, getting back into running or hoping to reach the next level of performance, our personalized approach can be a real benefit to you.”

The program is designed to improve flexibility, strength, and general fitness level with an overall treatment and exercise plan to grow running mileage and speed safely to avoid future injuries.

About our team: Dr. Bereda ran on the cross-country team at the University of Dayton and for Air Mobility Command and Air Force Command Marathon teams. He has competed in five marathons, including the Boston marathon, and enjoys training runs and participating in local 5ks pushing his kids in the double jogger.

Kristen graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Bradley University in 2019. She also ran Division I cross country and track at Bradley, where she competed at the national level. She currently coaches runners virtually and works with runners one on one in her physical therapy practice. She has competed in half marathon races and is looking to transition to the marathon distance.

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HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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