Examination and Treatment of Running Injuries


Audience: PT, PTA, ATC
Course Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Date: Sept. 20-21, 2014
Check in time: 7:30-8 a.m.
Course time: Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,  Sunday: 8 a.m. -3 p.m.
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital
International Rooms A and B
6401 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $395.00

Contact Hours: 13.25

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Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD
is a professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. He is the Director of the Runners’ Clinic through the UW Sports Medicine Center; Director of Sports Performance Research for UW Athletics; and Co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on running-related injuries. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving as Chair of the Running special interest group. Support for his research includes the National Institutes of Health and NFL Medical Charities.

Course Description
Successful treatment of running injuries has remained somewhat elusive to orthopedic and sports medicine clinicians. Through a greater understanding of the associated mechanics, advances in prevention and rehabilitation strategies can be made that will reduce the incidence rate of these common injuries. This advanced 2-day course will provide a thorough review of the most recent scientific findings related to the examination, diagnosis and treatment of running injuries. Discussion will focus on the current literature pertaining to running mechanics and injury, and the clinical decision making needed to achieve superior outcomes. The use of video analysis as part of the running gait examination will be emphasized, and novel strategies to modify running mechanics will be presented as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Multiple case studies will be integrated to illustrate concepts and promote idea application. The overall objective is to provide each participant with an understanding of the current knowledge pertaining to the management of running-related injuries, with techniques that can be immediately applied in clinical practice.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Identify biomechanical and training-related risk factors for running injuries using current evidence
• Describe the factors that influence running form and performance
• Consider mechanical factors beyond running impacts and excessive foot pronation that may contribute to running injuries
• Organize and perform an efficient, yet thorough, physical examination of an injured runner
• Determine the appropriate equipment to conduct a video running analysis and identify factors that can influence its accuracy
• Perform a systematic and comprehensive video analysis of an individual running
• Understand how to integrate findings from the physical examination and video analysis to determine appropriate injury management
• Select specific rehabilitation exercises to target impairments of common running-related injuries, such as patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band syndrome
• Identify effective strategies to modify the running form and determine when it is appropriate to do so as part of the rehabilitation plan
• Differentiate the biomechanical characteristics of running with and without shoes and the implications for performance and injury risk
• Understand footwear options available to runners and factors to be considered in the selection process
• Appreciate the decision making required in the determination of orthotics for the runner
• Identify risk factors associated with hamstring strain injury and key aspects of the rehabilitation
• Understand the neuromuscular and biomechanical changes associated with the gait of older runners and the resulting influence on injury risk and treatment considerations
• Develop an appropriate return-to-running program


Day 1
8-9:45 a.m. - Running Mechanics and Injury Etiology I
9:45-10 a.m. - Break
10-11 a.m. - Running Mechanics and Injury Etiology II
11 a.m.-Noon - Physical Examination of the Injured Runner (lab)
Noon-1 p.m. - Lunch
1-2:15 p.m. - Principles of Video Gait Analysis for Runners
2:15-3:15 p.m. - Video Analysis of the Running Gait I (lab)
3:15-3:30 p.m. - Break
3:30-4:45 - Gait Retraining for Injured Runners (lab)
4:45-5 p.m. - Review and Questions

Day 2
8-9 a.m. - Exercise Treatment Strategies
9-9:45 a.m. - Footwear Options for Runners
9:45-10:15 a.m. - Orthotic Determination for Runners
10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon - Video Analysis of the Running Gait II (lab)
Noon-1 p.m. - Lunch
1-1:30 p.m. - Running Mechanics and Injury Risk of the Older Runner
1:30-2:45 p.m. - Hamstring Strain Injury: Rehabilitation Strategies to Minimize Re-injury Risk
2:45-3 p.m. - Summary and Questions

This course has been approved for PT Category I credits: #6879
BOC Approval number for ATC #P634

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