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Examination and Treatment of Running Injuries Seminar w/ Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

February 10 - February 11



Course Description
Successful treatment of running injuries has remained somewhat elusive to orthopedic and sports medicine
clinicians. Through a greater understanding of the associated mechanics, advances in prevention and
rehabilitation strategies can be made that will reduce the incidence rate of these common injuries. This
advanced 2-day course will provide a thorough review of the most recent scientific findings related to the
examination, diagnosis and treatment of running injuries. Discussion will focus on the current literature
pertaining to running mechanics and injury, and the clinical decision making needed to achieve superior
outcomes. The use of video analysis as part of the running gait examination will be emphasized, and novel
strategies to modify running mechanics will be presented as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment.
Multiple case studies will be integrated to illustrate concepts and promote idea application. The overall
objective is to provide each participant with an understanding of the current knowledge pertaining to the
management of running-related injuries, with techniques that can be immediately applied in clinical practice.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Identify biomechanical and training-related risk factors for running injuries using current evidence.
• Describe the factors that influence running form and performance.
• Consider mechanical factors beyond running impacts and excessive foot pronation that may contribute to
running injuries.
• Organize and perform an efficient yet thorough physical examination of an injured runner.
• Determine the appropriate equipment to conduct a video running analysis and identify factors that can
influence its accuracy.
• Perform a systematic and comprehensive video analysis of an individual running.
• Understand how to integrate findings from the physical examination and video analysis to determine
appropriate injury management.
• Select specific rehabilitation exercises to target impairments of common running-related injuries, such as
patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band syndrome.
• Identify effective strategies to modify the running form and determine when it is appropriate to do so as
part of the rehabilitation plan.
• Differentiate the biomechanical characteristics of running with and without shoes and the implications for
performance and injury risk.
• Understand footwear options available to runners and factors to be considered in the selection process.
• Identify risk factors associated with hamstring strain injury and key aspects of the rehabilitation.
• Develop an appropriate return-to-running program.


Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical
Engineering at the University of Wisconsin(UW)-Madison. He is the Director of the Runners’ Clinic through the
UW Sports Medicine Center; Director of Badger Athletic Performance Research for UW Athletics; and Codirector
of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at
understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on
running-related injuries. He is an Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and an
active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving on the Executive Committee of the
Sports Physical Therapy Section and founding chair of the Running special interest group. Support for his
research includes the National Institutes of Health and NFL Medical Charities.
© 2016 Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

2 Day Course Outline

Day 1
8:00-8:15 Introduction/Overview
8:15-9:45 Running Mechanics and Injury Etiology I
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:00 Running Mechanics and Injury Etiology II
11:00-12:00 Physical Examination of the Injured Runner
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Principles of Video Gait Analysis for Runners
2:15-3:15 Video Analysis of the Running Gait I (cases)
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:45 Gait Retraining for Injured Runners
4:45-5:00 Review and Questions

Day 2
8:00-10:00 Exercise Treatment Strategies
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Footwear Options for Runners
11:00-12:00 Video Analysis of the Running Gait II (cases)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Hamstring Strain Injury: Rehabilitation Strategies to Minimize Re-injury Risk
2:45-3:00 Summary and Questions


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