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Innovative Approach to the Injured Runner

Johns Hopkins Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is proud to offer a training course based around the relationship between structure, mechanics and injury in runners. Dr. Irene Davis, Director of the Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard Medical School will begin this course with the assessment of the injured runner and will cover normal and abnormal alignment and structure. In addition, normal and abnormal running mechanics will be presented.

There will be demonstrations on lower quarter assessment, as well as gait analysis in order to reinforce these principles.We will also cover common running related injuries and review research studies providing evidence for the relationship between structure, mechanics and injury. We will review the development of a clinical hypothesis.

As we move on to treatment, we will address barefoot/minimal footwear running. We will also review strengthening and flexibility exercises, we will then discuss gait retraining, followed by a demonstration to reinforce these techniques. The course will end with a series of case studies.

Program Information

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: Registration: 7:00a - 8:00a
Course: 8:00a - 5:00p
Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Schaeffer Auditorium, Main Level, Bloomberg Children's Hospital

Fees: Non-JHH/JHHS Participants: $295
JHH/JHHS Participants: $100

Course Credits: This program has been approved for 0.8 CEUs. A certificate of attendence will be provided.

Registration Deadline: January 7, 2014

Course Objectives

1. Gain an understanding of how one's structure increases their risk for injury
2. Be able to conduct a systematic assessment of lower extremity structure in runners
3. Gain an understanding of the normal sequence of running gait mechanics
4. Gain an understanding of the relationship between abnormal mechanics and common running injuries
5. Be able to conduct an accurate running gait analysis using a treadmill and video camera
6. Be able to develop a clinical hypothesis for injured runners upon which to base an intervention approach
7. Gain an understanding of the benefits of barefoot/minimal footwear running
8. Be able to prescribe a transitioning program for runners beginning barefoot/minimal footwear running
9. Be able to prescribe a therapeutic exercise program for the injured runner
10. Be able to conduct a gait retraining program for an injured runner

Course Schedule

7:00 - 8:00 Registration
8:00 - 8:15 Introduction
8:15 - 9:00 Normal and Abnormal Structure
9:00 - 9:45 Normal Running Mechanics
9:45 - 10:15 Abnormal Running Mechanics
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:15 Relationship between Abnormal Mechanics and Injury
11:15 - 12:00 Development of the Clinical Hypothesis
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch break
1:00 - 2:30 Barefoot/Minimal Footwear Running
2:30 - 3:15 Exercises for the Injured Runner
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:15 Gait Retraining
4:15 - 5:15 Case Studies
5:15 - 5:30 Wrap Up

Course Handouts

Course Description
Normal vs. Abnormal Foot Structures
Patient Evaluation Form
Normal Running Mechanics
Observational Gait Analysis Form
Running Injury Mechanics
Clinical Hypothesis
Benefits/Pitfalls of Barefoot/Minimal Footwear Running
Barefoot Running Training Tips
Minimal Footwear Recommendations
Theraputic Exercise for the Injured Runner
Exercise Recommendations
Gait Retraining
Gait Retraining Schedule
SNRC Total Approach

About the Instructor

Irene Davis, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB
Dr. Davis is the Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Davis received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University.

She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she studied the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners for the past 20 yrs. Her current areas of study include mechanical factors in tibial stress fractures and patellofemoral disorders along with the effect of physical therapy interventions such as gait retraining. She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates, and is a barefoot runner herself. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures. She serves as a consultant for patients with lower extremity problems related to overuse.

Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running. She has been active professionally in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has organized and coordinated national research retreats on topics of the foot and ankle, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.