Mercy Sports Medicine's Optimal Performance Series Focuses on Functional Movement Screening

Mercy Sports Medicine’s Optimal Performance Series Focuses on Functional Movement Screening

Posted on: February 23, 2012

North Canton, Ohio: Approximately 75 percent of runners are injured each year. Most of these injures are caused by overuse and training errors. Mercy Sports Medicine is hosting a free Optimal Performance Series to show you how to avoid or effectively manage common running issues through proper training, injury management and nutrition techniques. Educational programs are offered from 6 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, March 6 – April 24 at Mercy Health Center of North Canton.

Dave Downey, M.S., ATC/LAT, athletic trainer for Mercy Sports Medicine, will kick off the series with a program about Functional Movement Screening on March 6.

“Mercy Sports Medicine uses Functional Movement Screening to identify and address physical limitations and asymmetries that can inhibit running economy and lead to overuse injuries,” Downey says. Screening allows athletic trainers to build an athlete from a solid base of unrestricted movement to his or her highest level of performance. For more information or to register, call Mercy Sports Medicine at 330-966-8920.

Additional topics scheduled for the series include:

       March 13:       Training Plan Basics

       March 20:       Core & Hip Strength

       March 27:       Fueling for the Long Run

       April 3:        Hydration & Racing in the Heat

       April 10:      New Tools in Deep Tissue Massage

       April 17:      Running Mechanics

       April 24:      Kinesio Taping 

Participants who attend at least four sessions will have their names entered into a raffle for a $75 gift certificate from Second Sole.

Mercy Medical Center sponsors the Canton Marathon Running Club and is a signature sponsor of the inaugural Canton Marathon set for Sunday, June 17. For more information, visit

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see


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