Concierge Therapy

Every session is one-on-one with a physical therapist focused on helping you recover from your injury and manage your pain.

Prepare to Train

Understand that technique matters. Address the habits holding you back from running faster, farther, and without pain.

Prevent Injuries

Knowledge is power. Pain is not. Learn how proactive maintenance will ensure you don't get hurt.

Return to Play

After a concussion or injury, we'll make sure you or your child is fully ready to return to your sport.


Customize Your Care

You and your therapist determine your treatment progrm, without the restrictions of your insurance company. Sessions are one-on-one without the use of rehabilitation aides. Our unique approach to therapy breaks the mold to allow for a personalized approach resulting in faster recovery times.

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Progress Your Performance

Bringing education on the skill of running to McHenry, Cook, and Lake Counties. Smith Running Academy helps runners in and around Chicago to learn proper form and help your running technique. Through video analysis, drill instruction, and strengthening and flexibility training, our Certified Running Technique Specialists educate you on how to train safely—without pain or fear of injury.

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From the Blog
Monday, May 22, 2017

Swimming Made Easier

There are many misconceptions about swimming, but one of the greatest is the idea that there is no support when you are in the water. This idea stems because water is fluid. However, it is important to note that the hand acts as support for the body and that our body moves relative to the hand when swimming. It is much easier to move our body in relation to our hand than make our hand move our whole body...

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Key To Trail Running

It is imperative that trail runners learn to quickly pull their foot off the ground and focus their training on agility. Because of the challenge of running on uneven terrain, trail runners have a higher risk of injury. The likelihood of twisting an ankle because of stepping on a rock, root or into a hole is very high, especially for an untrained trail runner...

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

What Makes A Headache A Migraine?

When asked, most people express having experienced a headache at some point in their lives. If you are someone who experiences head pain, how do you know what type of headache you have? There are over 150 types of headaches. One of the more common types of headache is called a migraine.

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