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Upcoming Workshops

Load Management - Training Smarter and Harder with Tim Gabbett PhD
to Jan 20

Load Management - Training Smarter and Harder with Tim Gabbett PhD

World renowned sports scientist Tim Gabbett, PhD, is coming to California in January to hold a workshop on load monitoring and athlete management. Here he discusses why his course is relevant to any movement professional working with active populations.

Workshop overview

In this workshop participants will develop practical tools to enable more effective and quantifiable load monitoring of athletes. Ample evidence has shown that training harder is smarter and high chronic loads are protective from injury. Participants will be able to write their own programs to monitor load in their athletes, stage training effectively and implement best practices with whatever resources you have at your disposal. Participants will learn how to best integrate their professional knowledge of load monitoring and communicate effectively with coaches, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and sports scientists. Additional attention is given regarding the adolescent athlete as well as return to play considerations. 

Dr. Gabbett has also published three blogs for us about load management. They can be viewed here, here and here.

This course has been approved for 1.3 CME for:

  • California Physical Therapists (CEC-917)

  • Athletic Trainers (Board of Certification Approved Provider number P10154)

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (L1389-J19B1)


Day 1

7:45am-8:15am Participant check-in

8:15am-9:15am Coaching Roundtable – What is “Load Management” Really About?

This session will provide practitioners the opportunity to discuss the concepts around load management, and what it means for their practice. (Group Interaction)

9:15am-10:15am A Best Practice Approach to Load Monitoring (part 1)

In this session the most recent work on training monitoring (and current controversies) will be discussed. (Lecture)

10:15am-10:30am Break

10:30am-11:30am A Best Practice Approach to Load Monitoring (part 2)

In this session the most recent work on training monitoring (and current controversies) will be discussed. (Lecture)

11:30am-12:30pm Monitoring with Minimal Resources

In this session, Tim will demonstrate how coaches can monitor their athletes’ training - even when they have minimal resources at their disposal. (Group Interaction)

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch break

1:30pm-2:30pm Putting Training Monitoring into Practice

Bring your laptops and tablets along! In this session, participants will use techniques learned from the preceding sessions to write their own programs. (Practical)

2:30pm-2:45pm Break

2:45pm-3.45pm Training Smarter and Harder

This session will highlight the latest evidence demonstrating that training harder is actually training smarter! (Lecture)

3:45pm-4:15pm Open Forum and Discussion (Group Discussion)

4:15-4:30 Check in for participants of Ethical Considerations in RTP Decision Making

4:30-6:30 Ethical Considerations in Return to Play Decision Making with Nicole Surdyka

Day 2
8:00am-8:45am Making a Difference in High Performance Sport

This session will discuss ways in which coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning staff and sport science researchers can develop an integrated program using an athlete-centered approach. (Lecture)

8:45am-9:45am Load Monitoring – It’s Not All About the “Ratio”!

In this session the most recent work on training monitoring will be discussed. Appropriately staged training (rather than simply monitoring) and its role in managing injury and pain will be explored. (Lecture)

9:45am-10:15am Break

10:15am-11:45am Developing Load Capacity in Adolescent Athletes

This session requires participants to work together to find ways to develop load capacity in adolescent athletes preparing to compete against elite senior international athletes. (Group-Based Problem-Solving)

11:45am-12:45pm Lunch break

12.45pm-2:15pm Return to Competition

This session will explore the timing, content and loading when returning to competition following minor and major injuries, and off-season break. (Practical Group Interaction)

2:15pm-2.45pm Break

2:45 pm-4:00pm Individualizing the Training Process

This session will discuss the process behind developing individualized training programs within a team environment. (Group Interaction)

4:00pm-4:30pm Open Forum and Discussion (Group Discussion)

About the presenter:

Tim Gabbett holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011) , with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. He has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes. You can find out more about him at his website:

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If you are a student or two-year new grad use promo code: STUDENT/NEWGRAD to get an additional $100 off.

Group discounts available for purchase of 3 or more tickets. Use the code SCSGROUP3 to claim your discount. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Larger group discounts available. Email to chat about it.

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Restoring Load Capacity in the Injured Runner with Rich Willy, PT, PhD
to Sep 15

Restoring Load Capacity in the Injured Runner with Rich Willy, PT, PhD

We’re very excited to host Rich Willy in September 2019, but registration won’t open until May! Uggh. If you’d like an email to let you know when registration is open put your address in the this box and press submit. You are not signing you up for a mailing list, just a single reminder email. No pressure :)


This is a two-day course that emphasizes putting the latest evidence into practice. 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. They 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.


  1. Recognize runners who are most at risk for running injuries and when to intervene with appropriate prevention programs.

  2. Describe the “envelope of function” and how it can help guide clinical decision making and training programs.

  3. Conduct a valid and repeatable clinical gait evaluation. Evidence-based best practices will be emphasized.

  4. State the characteristics of “normal” running mechanics

  5. Contrast heel strike running with forefoot running: Does evidence support one over the other?

  6. Describe a simple and clinically relevant classification system for gait mechanics that may contribute to injury.

  7. Recognize psychosocial and training factors that contribute to the etiology of running injuries and discuss the importance of biomechanics.

  8. Explain why therapeutic exercise is key to enhancing load tolerance but is insufficient to alter abnormal movement patterns.

  9. State the rationale and evidence supporting gait retraining. When is it appropriate?

  10. Utilize appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues and feedback schedules to prompt  corrections for many common gait issues in runners

  11. 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

8:30 Check in

9:00-10:45 Introduction

this session will explore epidemiology and we’ll learn which runners are most likely to get injured. We’ll also introduce the idea of envelope of function and preparing the runner for high training loads.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:45 Conducting a clinical gait analysis

Learn how to conduct a clinical gait analysis, basic running biomechanics and teminology

11:45-12:45 Qualitative gait analysis: Relating injury to mechanics

12:45-1:45 Lunch break

1:45-2:45 Practice case studies: Breakout session

2:45-3:45 Video analysis laboratory

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-4:45 Running shoes

4:45-5:00 Discussion and day 1 wrap-up

Day 2

9:00-11:30 Principles of resistance training

In this session we’ll learn how to best apply principles of resistance training to address lower limb injuries including tendinopathies and patellofemoral pain

11:30-12:45 Therapeutic exercise laboratory

12:45-1:45 Lunch break

1:45-2:45 Return to running and gait retraining

2:45-3:15 Gait retraining

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:45 Live case study

We’ll wrap up this weekend workshop with a group evaluation of an injured runner

4:45-5:00 Discussion and final wrap up

About the presenter:

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 on 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. A rather long list of his published works can be seen here:

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