High-tech treadmills at REP lab Bend used by locals Elite athletes can get analysis that will help improve their training regimen
By Elise Gross / The Bulletin
Published: July 23. 2013 4:00AM PST
Stephanie Howe knows a thing or two about endurance sports.
The 29-year-old Bend resident and former college All-American in cross-country running is the 2011 USA Track & Field 50-kilometer trail national champion as well as the current United States Snowshoe 10K national champion and a three-time champion in Central Oregon’s Pole Pedal Paddle multisport race. She also is a doctoral candidate in exercise physiology and coaches other elite endurance athletes.
But when it comes to her own training, Howe seeks guidance from Jay Dicharry — a physical therapist and director of the Rebound Physical Therapy Bend Rep Lab: Excellence Project biomechanics lab at Rebound Physical Therapy.
The former director of the Strength, Power, Endurance, Education and Development (SPEED) clinic at the University of Virginia, Dicharry (pronounced dee-SHER-ee) is widely published on the topic of biomechanical analysis. He has written a book on running gait assessments (“Anatomy for Runners”) and he says he is currently working with the United States Olympic Committee to assess athletic performance through mobile technology.