The RVNAhealth Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield, is offering detailed Running Assessments to help new and veteran runners stay healthy and active in their sport. \u201cBecause running is a highly repetitive motion and an impact activity, injuries can develop\u201d said Kate Campbell, a RVNAhealth physical therapist and a certified gait analyst. \u201cIt\u2019s very important to understand one\u2019s vulnerabilities and tendencies, as well as develop smart training plans to reduce the likelihood of injury. No runner I know ever wants to be sidelined.\u201d RVNAhealth running evaluations will be conducted by Campbell at the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield, an RVNAhealth partner in health and wellness. The evaluation is one hour and includes video analysis of running mechanics; a strength assessment of muscles related to proper mechanics and injury prevention; flexibility assessment; a foot and shoe analysis; and an individualized home exercise program based on the evaluation results and aligned with personal goals. An RVNAhealth running evaluation is appropriate for anybody who runs today and wants to do the same in the days and years to come, including: \u00b7 New runners who want to avoid injury and get off on the right foot. \u00b7 Current runners who want to assess their form, strengths, and predilection for injury. \u00b7 Current runners experiencing pain or discomfort. \u00b7 Any runner who wants to take their running to the next level and\/or increase mileage safely. Campbell, who is also a runner, and an athlete herself, is dedicated to keeping athletes active and un-injured so they can enjoy their sports. \u201cAthletics and activity are a true gift to those who enjoy them for recreation, competition, and peace of mind. My goal is to enable athletes at all levels to stay healthy and mobile. Avoiding injury isn\u2019t about luck, it\u2019s about understanding how injuries happen, and by taking a role to prevent them. For runners, a running evaluation is the right place to start. Plus, it\u2019s fun!\u201d Campbell said. RVNAhealth Running Evaluations are one-hour and cost $150. (Certain insurances may provide reimbursement for a running assessment. Please consult your provider to inquire.) \u201cThis has been an unusual and challenging year, with many activities and pastimes temporarily unavailable,\u201d said Gigi Weiss, the director of rehabilitation services at RVNAhealth. \u201cFortunately, we can continue to enjoy running and walking to our hearts\u2019 delight. A running evaluation is a good way to ensure that your body can keep up with your plans and desires.\u201d To make an appointment for a running evaluation, contact the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at 203-438-7862 or email RehabCenter@RVNAhealth.org.