Performance Running Academy


PRA exists to provide expert training, techniques, facilities, and resources to prevent injuries, and accelerate injury recovery for runners of any age, and every skill level, and is passionate about individual patient care.

This brand new practice is an evolution of the running clinics that were provided by Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists (PPTS) since 1995.


Imagine yourself running with new confidence, breathing fresh air, looking, and feeling the best you have in years… this is what running is all about!

We challenge you to take our free 20 minute injury assessment! Why? Because no matter what your skill level- and if you have injuries or not- preventing injuries as effectively as possible will give you more confidence on your next run.


  • The Running Clinic Challenge - Free (Level 1)
  • Video Analysis (Level 2)
  • Advanced Training (Level 3)


For more information visit the Performance Running Academy website or give us a call at (248) 615-0282.

Performance Running Academy

Fall-Risk Program

Plymouth Physical Therapy Services Fall Risk Screening Conditioning Program

Fall Risk Program & Conditioning Program

For older adults, falls are one of the greatest causes of serious health problems. Studies show that approximately 5% of falls by older adults result in a fracture: 25% of patients over the age of 65 with hip fractures die within six months, 25% lose significant function, and 50% experience a decrease in mobility.

Entry into the Program

A patient will need a doctor's referral based on increased risk due to age, history, medication changes, muscle changes, degenerative joing disease, post arthroplasty or osteoporosis, or on the basis of a balance screening.

The Program

A structured program that consists of eight visits over a four-week period. The patient is evaluated for specific risk factors known to contribute to falling and decreased mobility.


  • Self-Assessment of General Health
  • Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Lower Body Strength
  • Balance Test
  • Aerobic Endurance Test

Review Results and Recommended Exercise Programs

The test results from the evaluation are reviewed with you. We will advise if you are at risk of falling and, if you are, why. If the cause is physical, such as poor strength and balance, we will plan an exercise program customized for you. We will also help you identify and eliminate environmental factors that you may find at home or in your community.


  • In-Clinic Exercise - Targeted to improve:
  • Strength, balance, walking speed, step length, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.
  • Home Exercise
  • Instruction for simple exercises that can be done at home.


A report is provided to you and your referring physician summarizing the effect of the four week program. Your physician may recommend continued structured exercise to address specific problems.

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover assessment and conditioning for fall programs. For further information, speak with your doctor, physical therapist or insurance agent.

Hazards at Home

Quite often the cause of a fall can be right in your own home and is easily corrected. Simple changes may reduce the risk. Below is a list of some of the risk factors which may exist in your home.


  • Poor lighting
  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven floors
  • Throw rugs
  • Runners
  • Mats
  • Curled carpet edges
  • Electric or telephone wires in walking areas
  • Clutter
  • Small objects in pathways
  • Unstable seating - swivel chairs or chairs on casters
  • Belongings left in walkways
  • Newspapers left on the floor
  • Laundry left on the floor
  • Cleaning products with slippery surfaces


  • Missing light switches at top/bottom of steps
  • Unsturdy handrails
  • Uneven steps/steps needing repair
  • Items placed on stairs


  • Unstable step stool
  • Storage areas that require excessive reaching
  • Appliances arranged inefficiently
  • Unstable seating
  • Wet floors


  • Lack of grab bars in shower/tub
  • Lack of non-skid surfaces in shower/tub
  • Wobbly or low to the floor toliets
  • Unstable towel rack or sink
  • Wet floors


  • Walkways in disrepair
  • Wet smooth surfaces, i.e. slate
  • Cluttered walkways/storage areas
  • Poor night lighting
  • Poor placement of trash/recycle bins
  • Garden hose across walkways
  • Children's toys
  • Pet toys and leashes
  • High curbs

Athletic Training

Since 1994, PPTS has been providing comprehensive sports medicine care directly to the athletes of local area high schools and various groups through their Athletic Training Outreach Program. A multi-disciplinary staff of physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, and certified strength and conditioning specialists provides coverage to eight high schools, as well as numerous events hosted in the area. Our goal is to provide Southeastern Michigan the most comprehensive, high-quality sports medicine to meet the unique needs of not only the weekend warrior but also the competitive athlete. From mild injuries to major reconstructive surgeries, we at PPTS are committed to providing the best possible care to get the athlete back into action as quickly as possible.

Our Athletic Training Outreach Program includes:

  • Sports Medicine coverage by a certified athletic trainer at your school or special event
  • On-site management of sports medicine program
  • Injury Prevention, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation
  • Direct access to our twelve therapy clinics and our team of specialists
  • MHSAA Weight Monitoring Program
  • Educational programs (Sports nutrition, AED training)
  • Sport-specific strength and conditioning programs

At PPTS, we are also committed to providing unparalleled service to the community. This licensing commitment provides us with the opportunity to station one Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) to each of our high schools. That one ATC remains with the school for the entire year ensuring the quality of care becomes unmatched through consistency. They work hand and hand with your Athletic Department to customize a plan of care for all of your athletic needs. All of our athletic trainers are NATABOC certified, CPR/First Aid certified and are continuously striving to stay up to date on the latest trends in athletics.

In addition to Sports Medicine services, PPTS provides educational opportunities for athletes, coaches, students, and other members of the community on various topics. For more information please contact us at one of our 14 clinics.

New Patient Information

New Patient Information - Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists


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