You should be confident while running and have the skills to improve.

But there are obstacles…

• Limited guidance
• Understanding how to train
• Mistakes that lead to injury

• Fear of failure
• Confusing online workouts
• Cookie cutter programs not designed for you

You should be confident while running and have the skills to improve.

But there are obstacles…

• Limited guidance
• Understanding how to train
• Mistakes that lead to injury
• Fear of failure
• Confusing online workouts
• Cookie cutter programs not designed for you

Endurance training can be confusing and difficult. Everyone deserves to know how to train properly, be confident and consistent while running. Our team develops individual endurance performance programs, integrated with physical therapy, to help you thrive.

Endurance training can be confusing and difficult. Everyone deserves to know how to train properly, be confident and consistent while running. Our team develops individual endurance performance programs, integrated with physical therapy, to help you thrive.

Your plan to reach your goals

Schedule a free initial meeting

One on one with our Exercise Physiologist

Develop your individualized program

We’ll lay out your goals & discuss training patterns

Execute your plan

Guided training sessions, early injury detection in Physical Therapy open clinics and program review with SPC team

How can you develop proper endurance training habits?

Most runners do not know how to train properly. Training can easily spiral out of control. Leading to injuries, setbacks and wasted entry fees each season.

You deserve to get the results you want and paid for.

Smith Performance Center is all about the fundamentals. Once you understand how to train properly, progress your running volume and manage injuries, you will never stop running.

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Competitive runners tend to overestimate themselves.  Novice runners underestimate what is possible. Programming for yourself or downloading an online program is not the most effective way to train. Joining a running group gives you camaraderie, not the individual direction you need.

We believe you deserve a guided plan to reach your goals and manage injury that won’t break your bank.

Cookie cutter endurance programs are not effective because they are not designed for you. Everyone has different goals, experiences and injury history. You deserve to have a program that is mad for you and continues to evolve as you progress. As you move through life, your goals will chance and your program should too.  

How can you develop proper endurance training habits?

Most runners do not know how to train properly. Training can easily spiral out of control. Leading to injuries, setbacks and wasted entry fees each season.

You deserve to get the results you want and paid for.

Smith Performance Center is all about the fundamentals. Once you understand how to train properly, progress your running volume and manage injuries, you will never stop running.

Read More

Competitive runners tend to overestimate themselves.  Novice runners underestimate what is possible. Programming for yourself or downloading an online program is not the most effective way to train. Joining a running group gives you camaraderie, not the individual direction you need.

We believe you deserve a guided plan to reach your goals and manage injury that won’t break your bank.

Cookie cutter endurance programs are not effective because they are not designed for you. Everyone has different goals, experiences and injury history. You deserve to have a program that is mad for you and continues to evolve as you progress. As you move through life, your goals will chance and your program should too.  

TESTIMONIALS

“I cannot say enough good things about Craig and his team at Smith Performance Center. Extensive surgery on my knee resulted in pain, muscle atrophy and significantly limited range of motion. After four weeks in prescribed physical therapy recommended by my surgeon, I had made little progress and was extremely frustrated. In only a few short weeks working with Craig and the team, my range of motion improved, strength returned, and pain decreased.If you are facing surgery, have been through surgery or are looking to improve athletic performance and health, I strongly recommend scheduling an appointment. The SPC team experienced, dedicated and professional.”

Meredith Allin

“After trying several PT places in town, I finally found the best one. Smith Performance Center is by far the best place to receive PT. After my first session with Craig, I was pain free for the first time after almost 2 years. Then, I received physical therapy with James and he provided me the daily exercises and warm ups that I need to achieve a full recovery. I totally recommend this place. Their knowledge, preparation and determination are demonstrated in every session.”

Valerie Garcia

“Smith Performance is not your typical PT go to. The staff is extremely knowledgeable in their respective discipline but further they know how to diagnose AND treat the symptoms with excellent results. My third Physical Therapist in town with the first two lacking in any measurable result. After my treatment with Sara, I realized at least a 50% improvement!”

Steve Rogers

“Craig Smith was great! He is easy-going and takes the time to learn about your issue and your history. He gets right to the point of what he can do for you and how long your recovery will take. He provided an immediate estimate of a finite number of visits to resolve the issue. Thereafter, I was happily on my way and confident I could return to my sporting life. Thanks Craig!”

Jim Calle

“I visited Smith Performance Center for a strained neck or pinched nerve that wasn’t going away no matter what I did and was causing me not to have a restful night sleep. Sarah Smith spent a fair amount of time learning about my lifestyle and background and focusing on the pain that I was experiencing. After one visit the pain was reduced 50%. After the second visit the pain was reduced 90%. I had a final visit to finally solve the problem.

I was most impressed that Sarah Smith said with confidence, she could correct my issue I was having within three visits and if this didn’t happen she would stop the therapy. Most practitioners will have you keep coming back and continuing to receive payments. I highly recommend Smith Performance Center and their high integrity.”

James Underhill

MEET YOUR ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE TEAM:

Nate Corsi – Exercise Physiologist & Strength Coach

Nate Corsi received a Masters in Exercise Science with a specific interest in endurance training and biomechanics at Texas State University in 2017. During his master’s program, he was a Research Assistant in the Health and Human Performance Department, assisting with research on physical activity in non-traditional sports/exercise. Also during this time, he was an assistant mountain biking coach for San Marcos High School. Immediately after graduation, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer at a private gym for youth athletes.

Before moving to Texas, Nate completed a Bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University in 2014 in Exercise Science with minors in Health and Wellness and Chemistry. He then worked in physical therapy where he found his passion for implementing specific exercise to improve both health and performance.

As a local Tucsonan, Nate competed in Southern Arizona Roadrunner events and as a Pima Community College Track and Field/Cross Country runner with a specialty in the 10k. During his bachelors and masters Nate was an active member of the club triathlon and cycling teams. Nate is currently increasing his training volume for cycling and triathlon competitions. Nate currently is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA CSCS), USA Weightlifting level 1, and USA Cycling level 3. He is happily committed to his dog, Hunter.

Craig Smith – Physical Therapist

Dr. Craig Smith PT DPT is the owner and director of Smith Performance Center.  He is a physical therapist, strength coach, researcher, and adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University.    Dr. Smith earned his clinical doctorate in physical therapy at Northern Arizona University where he graduated with distinction and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate for the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.   Dr. Smith also graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was awarded the Outstanding Major of the Year in Exercise Science for Nebraska Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  While earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, he spent the majority of his time in the performance lab. 

During his sophomore year in college,  a series of ankle sprains while playing football led to a career-ending injury.   It was the start of a journey to help others in the same situation through physical therapy, strength training, and research.  He became deeply interested in research making his first contribution by presenting at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research as a senior in college.  He continued to pursue information on how rehabilitation melded with a return to normal daily activities and movement.

Dr. Smith has presented research findings at the American Society of Biomechanics National Conference and the American College of Sport Medicine Annual Meeting and at numerous local meetings on topics surrounding injury screening and prevention.  He has published articles and abstracts in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Sports Medicine, and Lower Extremity Review.  Dr. Smith and his colleagues, Dr. Warren and Dr. Chimera, were selected as one of the “Best Clinic Case/Research Submissions” at the 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Current research projects are underway investigating female athlete risk for injury in collegiate sport utilizing clinical screening tools.  He is also involved in research surrounding the evolution of the human knee and its impact on injury.  This has been presented at the Western Bioarchaeology Group Conference.  A list of publications can be found here  on google scholar.

Clinically, Dr. Smith is interested in the diagnosis, movement impairments, dysfunctional gait, and running analysis along with long term athletic development with a focus on injury risk reduction and screening.  He has trained with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine and in the Doctor of Science Program at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Smith formed Smith Performance Center in order to combine clinical research with an innovative health care model.  He specializes in specific long term strength and conditioning programming, return to play evaluations, running and foot biomechanical analysis, and physical therapy.

MEET YOUR ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE TEAM:

Nate Corsi

Exercise Physiologist & Strength Coach

Nate Corsi received a Masters in Exercise Science with a specific interest in endurance training and biomechanics at Texas State University in 2017. During his master’s program, he was a Research Assistant in the Health and Human Performance Department, assisting with research on physical activity in non-traditional sports/exercise. Also during this time, he was an assistant mountain biking coach for San Marcos High School. Immediately after graduation, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer at a private gym for youth athletes.

Before moving to Texas, Nate completed a Bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University in 2014 in Exercise Science with minors in Health and Wellness and Chemistry. He then worked in physical therapy where he found his passion for implementing specific exercise to improve both health and performance.

As a local Tucsonan, Nate competed in Southern Arizona Roadrunner events and as a Pima Community College Track and Field/Cross Country runner with a specialty in the 10k. During his bachelors and masters Nate was an active member of the club triathlon and cycling teams. Nate is currently increasing his training volume for cycling and triathlon competitions. Nate currently is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA CSCS), USA Weightlifting level 1, and USA Cycling level 3. He is happily committed to his dog, Hunter.

Craig Smith

Physical Therapist

Dr. Craig Smith PT DPT is the owner and director of Smith Performance Center.  He is a physical therapist, strength coach, researcher, and adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University.    Dr. Smith earned his clinical doctorate in physical therapy at Northern Arizona University where he graduated with distinction and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate for the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.   Dr. Smith also graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was awarded the Outstanding Major of the Year in Exercise Science for Nebraska Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  While earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, he spent the majority of his time in the performance lab. 

During his sophomore year in college,  a series of ankle sprains while playing football led to a career-ending injury.   It was the start of a journey to help others in the same situation through physical therapy, strength training, and research.  He became deeply interested in research making his first contribution by presenting at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research as a senior in college.  He continued to pursue information on how rehabilitation melded with a return to normal daily activities and movement.

Dr. Smith has presented research findings at the American Society of Biomechanics National Conference and the American College of Sport Medicine Annual Meeting and at numerous local meetings on topics surrounding injury screening and prevention.  He has published articles and abstracts in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Sports Medicine, and Lower Extremity Review.  Dr. Smith and his colleagues, Dr. Warren and Dr. Chimera, were selected as one of the “Best Clinic Case/Research Submissions” at the 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Current research projects are underway investigating female athlete risk for injury in collegiate sport utilizing clinical screening tools.  He is also involved in research surrounding the evolution of the human knee and its impact on injury.  This has been presented at the Western Bioarchaeology Group Conference.  A list of publications can be found here  on google scholar.

Clinically, Dr. Smith is interested in the diagnosis, movement impairments, dysfunctional gait, and running analysis along with long term athletic development with a focus on injury risk reduction and screening.  He has trained with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine and in the Doctor of Science Program at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Smith formed Smith Performance Center in order to combine clinical research with an innovative health care model.  He specializes in specific long term strength and conditioning programming, return to play evaluations, running and foot biomechanical analysis, and physical therapy.

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Location

1684 S Research Loop
Suite 508 and 518
Tucson, AZ 85710
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Email

admin@smithperformancecenter.com

Phone

520-398-4886

Fax

520-398-4775

Location

1684 S Research Loop
Suite 508 and 518
Tucson, AZ 85710
GET DIRECTIONS

Email

admin@smithperformancecenter.com

Phone

520-398-4886

Fax

520-398-4775