Portland OR

Restoring Load Capacity in the Injured Runner

September 15-16, 2018

University of Portland
Portland, OR

Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and students of those fields

Contact Hours 13/CEU 1.3

This course meets the standards for 13 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements.

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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This course is a two-day (13 hour) course that emphasizes putting the latest evidence into practice. The course is led by Richard Willy, PT, PhD, a recognized expert in running-related injuries. Attendees will leave with practical skills that will enable them to fully evaluate the injured runner and design a comprehensive training approach to maximize patient outcomes. This course emphasizes a theoretical framework for restoration of load capacity in the injured runner through optimal tissue loading. Attendees will learn how to perform a running gait analysis using techniques that readily translate to various clinical settings. Attendees will also develop a clinical decision making process to determine when and if gait retraining is indicated, including how to use simple wearable devices to assist with optimizing patient outcomes. There will be an emphasis on hands-on, laboratory experiences to put into practice the didactic components of this course so that attendees can immediately put into practice newly learned skills.

Rich Willy

Dr. Richard Willy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA). He received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his master of physical therapy from Ohio University. In addition to his research, Dr. Willy has been a clinician for 18 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendon injuries and tibial stress fractures. Besides publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Willy is a national and international presenter of his research and clinical expertise on how to evaluate and treat the injured runner. Dr. Willy and his research have been featured in Runner’s World multiple times.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize runners who are most at risk for running injuries and when to intervene with appropriate prevention programs.
  • Describe the “envelope of function” and how it can help guide clinical decision making and training programs.
  • Conduct a valid and repeatable clinical gait evaluation. Evidence-based best practices will be emphasized.
  • State the characteristics of “normal” running mechanics
  • Contrast heel strike running with forefoot running: Does evidence support one over the other?
  • Describe a simple and clinically relevant classification system for gait mechanics that may contribute to injury.
  • Recognize psychosocial and training factors that contribute to the etiology of running injuries: Is biomechanics important?
  • Explain why therapeutic exercise is key to enhancing load tolerance but is insufficient to alter abnormal movement patterns.
  • State the rationale and evidence supporting gait retraining. When is it appropriate?
  • Utilize appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues and feedback schedules to prompt corrections for many common gait issues in runners
  • Based on identified impairments, develop a treatment program for runners with common running injuries including patellofemoral pain, iliotibial band pain, lower leg and foot stress fractures, femoral acetabular impingement, and tendinopathies.


Day 1

09:00 - 10:00

Clinical Presentation and Epidemiology of the Injured Runner

10:00 - 10:45

“Envelope of Function" I: Demands of running & loading errors

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

“Envelope of Function" II: Preparing for high training loads

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 13:30

How to conduct a clinical gait analysis: When is it necessary?

13:30 - 14:30

Qualitative gait analysis: Relating injury to mechanics

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:45

Video Analysis Demonstration

15:45 - 16:45

Practice case studies: Breakout session

16:45 - 17:00

Discussion and Day One wrap up

Day 2

09:00 - 10:30

Enhancing load tolerance I: Lower limb tendinopathy

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:45

Enhancing load tolerance II: Patellofemoral pain & IT band pain

11:45 - 12:30

Running exercise demonstration

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch (on your own)

13:30 - 14:15

Bone stress injuries

14:15 - 15:00

Gait retraining: When is it appropriate and how to build it into a treatment program

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:45

Live Case Study: Group evaluation of an injured runner

16:45 - 17:00

Discussion and course wrap up


Regular: $499 (Early Bird Special $399 if registered by 11:59pm PDT August 17, 2018)
Student currently enrolled in PT/AT school: $399 (Early Bird Special $299 if registered by 11:59pm PDT August 17, 2018) – Limited slots
Group discount available for groups of 4 or more. Contact us for more information.

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