Portland OR

Restoring Load Capacity in the Injured Runner

September 15-16, 2018

University of Portland
Portland, OR

Contact Hours 13/CEU 1.3

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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

Price: $499 (Early Bird Special $399 if registered by 11:59pm PDT August 17, 2018)