A native to Cary, North Carolina, Hayden is extremely passionate about serving the community she grew up in. She has always been interested in working with athletes, specifically with lower extremity injuries, due to experiencing her fair share of injuries during her athletic career and seeing the benefit of physical therapy in recovery and injury prevention.
Hayden received her Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. During her time at ECU, she had the opportunity to complete her graduate research on developing return to running programs for runners with hamstring tendinopathy who had undergone PRP injections and percutaneous tenotomy. She also was able to complete a clinical rotation at The Running PTs where she learned first hand what it takes to treat the injured runner. Since then, she has led numerous run form talks on injury prevention and run form to various running groups in the Triangle. She is trained in 2D gait analysis to efficiently assess run form and address its contribution to various running-related injuries.
While Hayden often describes herself as a “late bloomer” runner, her true passion lies with volleyball. Hayden grew up playing both indoor and beach volleyball throughout high school and at the collegiate level, where she and her team won the 2017 NCVF D1 National Championship title for the first time in school history. She has also served as both a head and assistant coach to high school athletes playing at the club level. She stays well versed in current literature regarding jumping and landing biomechanics and their contributions to lower extremity injuries (hip, knee, foot and ankle sprains, muscle strains, overuse injuries, etc) as well as how to prevent them.
Hayden understands and appreciates the demands both endurance and power athletes have to endure and is committed to delivering individualized treatment to help athletes at all levels stay healthy. She is committed to not only understand “what” the root cause of the injury is, but “why” it is happening to prevent the chances of re-injury and allow for full rehabilitation.