University of Michigan research lab helping runners 1 step at a time

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (AP) - A University of Michigan lab is helping joggers improve their form one step at a time.

The Michigan Performance Research Laboratory offers runners an in-depth assessment that used to be given solely to the school's athletes.

The consultations last around two hours and include footwear, musculoskeletal and postural evaluations by a physical therapist as well as footprint pressure and full-body 3-D gait analyses. It costs $390 for the assessment and $85 for a follow-up visit.

High school cross country runner Lydia Gilbert recently visited the MiPR (my PR), as it's known.

The 16-year-old junior from Ann Arbor was looking to get a leg up on the competition and an answer to why she's been suffering from nagging shin splints. She says she got both.

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