Doctoral students in Temple’s Department of Physical Therapy recently gained hands-on experience at a clinic held for runners with the non-profit Back on My Feet to help them prepare for the Philadelphia Marathon.
Under the direction of assistant professor Scott Burns, students provided runners with neurological screenings, strength and flexibility assessments and gait analysis and offered information on musculoskeletal issues and treating potential injuries. The clinics, which are held a few times each year to help Back on My Feet runners prepare for other big races, offer a unique opportunity for students to gain experience.
Back on My Feet, a non-profit established in 2007, uses running as a vehicle to teach critical work and life skills to individuals living in homeless shelters. Members are able to advance through different stages in the program to gain job training, educational scholarships and housing assistance.