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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)

Restoring Load Capacity in the Injured Runner

This is a two-day course that emphasizes putting the latest evidence into practice. Through a mix of didactic and laboratory sessions attendees will leave with practical skills that will enable them to fully evaluate the injured runner and design a comprehensive training approach to maximize outcomes

Curious to know what Dr. Willy is about? Check out his 2-part blog series on IT band pain in runners. Part I: Etiology and Assessment and Part II: Treatment



9:00 Introduction - Explore epidemiology & learn which runners are most likely to get injured. Introduce the idea of envelope of function & preparing the runner for high training loads

11:00 Conducting a Clinical Gait Analysis - Analyze gait, learn basic biomechanics & terminology

11:45 Qualitative Gait Analysis - Relating injury to mechanics

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. He regularly treats patients and conducts research. He is also an avid runner and practices what he preaches.

12:45 Lunch

1:45 Practice Case Studies - Breakout session

2:45 Video Analysis Laboratory

4:00 Running Shoes - What does the evidence say?

4:45 Discussion and Day 1 Wrap Up


9:00 Principals of Resistance Training - Apply principles of resistance training to address lower limb injuries including tendinopathies and patellofemoral pain

11:30 Therapeutic Exercise Lab

12:45 Lunch

1:45 Return to Running and Gait Retraining

3:30 Live Case Study - Group evaluation of an injured runner discussion and final wrap up

By the end of this workshop, the participant 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.

  • 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.

  • Modify a return to run program based on the diagnosis to reduce the risk of reinjury.

  • 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, and tendinopathies.