North American Seminars
North American Seminars

North American Seminars, Inc. Introduces The Running Course, an Updated, Advanced Level, Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

North American Seminars, Inc. has updated The Running Course. They have completely revised this course and added updated clinical and athletic performance related information. In addition, the course will now be instructed by two instructors, Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD and Scott Straker, PT, MS, SCS, ATC. This course presents advanced level material designed for physical therapists and athletic trainers.

North American Seminars, Inc. Introduces The Running Course, an Updated, Advanced Level, Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course
Nashville, TN, July 09, 2009 --( This two-day advanced course describes a comprehensive approach to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of running-related injuries. The current best evidence is integrated throughout the lecture discussions and laboratory exercises to provide participants with the information needed to achieve superior outcomes. An emphasis is placed on the importance of running mechanics as it relates to performance and injury potential. A thorough physical examination incorporating the tissue stress model is described to promote an effective differential diagnosis approach. Considerable time is devoted to describing the use of video gait analysis as part of the clinical decision making process, as well as strategies to successfully modify the running gait. Age-related alterations in running technique are discussed to enable the clinician to better recognize abnormal mechanics and develop patient-specific intervention strategies. Scientifically-based information is presented regarding the use of foot taping, off-the-shelf and custom orthoses, and shoe wear with a treatment algorithm describing their clinical use. Case studies are used throughout the course to illustrate concept application. The overall course objective is to provide each participant with an understanding of the current knowledge pertaining to the evaluation and treatment of running injuries, with techniques that can be immediately applied in clinical practice.

Upon completion of this course the medical professional will understand the following course objectives:

Describe the mechanical factors that influence running form and performance.

Describe the current evidence regarding running impacts and foot pronation as they relate to running injuries.

Understand the individualistic nature of the running form and the need to avoid common generalizations in injury management

Conduct a thorough physical examination of an injured runner incorporating aspects of the tissue stress theory.

Make appropriate running shoe recommendations and determine the need for foot orthotics.

Utilize and perform common foot and ankle taping techniques as part of the clinical decision making process.

Determine the proper 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.

Develop rehabilitation exercise programs for common running-related injuries, such as patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band syndrome.

Describe the benefits of running form modification as part of the rehabilitation strategy.

Understand the biomechanical changes associated with the gait of older runners and the resulting influence on treatment considerations.

Identify training-related risk factors for running injuries and an appropriate return-to-running program.

This course will be instructed by Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD and
Scott Straker, PT, MS, SCS, ATC.

Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Heiderscheit is co-director of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Runners’ Clinic through the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Clinic. His research is aimed at understanding and enhancing movement coordination as it relates to injury and aging, with recent projects focused on the mechanisms of hamstring strain injuries and running-related injuries. Support for his research includes the NFL Medical Charities and the National Institutes of Health, where he completed a clinical research scholars program as part of a KL2 Award. Dr. Heiderscheit received his physical therapy training at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Massachusetts. He currently teaches the biomechanics and research content in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Heiderscheit maintains an active clinic practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of running-related injuries.

Dr. Heiderscheit was awarded the 2007 Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member by the American Physical Therapy Association. He was the 2008 recipient of the Mentor Award from the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association and the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Physical Therapy Program in 2009. Dr. Heiderscheit is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several additional sports medicine and biomechanics journals. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Scott Straker, PT, MS, SCS, ATC is a physical therapist and Director of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program for Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine in Onalaska, WI. Mr. Straker is a 1989 graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has been a certified athletic trainer for 20 years following the completion of an internship program at Utah State University. He has served as lecturer and adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Physical Therapy. He currently is serving as Chair of the APTA Committee on Post Professional Residency and Fellowship Program Credentialing and Vice-Chair of the Residency special interest group within the Sports Physical Therapy Section. His clinical interests center on the assessment of lower extremity dysfunction with an emphasis on the use of clinical biomechanical evaluation techniques in the treatment of running athletes. He is an active runner having completed 20 plus marathons and numerous road races. Scott was honored with the Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator of the Year Award by the Sports Physical Therapy Section in 2007.

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