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

  • The Lab 121 Gray Ave Suite 100 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Unite States (map)


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.


14 contact hours, 1.4 CME has been approved for Athletic Trainers (Board of Certification Approved Provider number P10154) and California Physical Therapists (CEC-928).

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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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