Rehabbing the Runner

Course Description

Treating runners is a fun yet often complex biomechanical task. This seminar will allow you to assess and treat the runner in an integrative and comprehensive way. It will update you on the biomechanics of running, teach you a comprehensive gait assessment, incorporate functional movement assessments, and finally, teach treatment through the use of MFR/MET/mobilizations of the lower quarter.

At the completion of this course, the clinician will be able to treat most any running injury diagnosis with confidence and comprehensiveness, leading to great results with their patients!

Top Takeaways

  • Develop a thorough approach to evaluating injury and dysfunction in the running athlete
  • Learn how to provide an eclectic treatment structure with both manual treatment and exercise progression for runners, while furthering the understanding of nuance and specificity to different types of runners of all levels

What makes this course great?

Every runner is unique in their own story. This course will help clinicians dive deep into the root cause of their runners’ dysfunctions and learn how to develop the most effective treatment plan for those individuals. The best part is that we'll begin with analysis of each other’s running style and potential dysfunction!

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, participants will be able to...

  • Correctly state 8 key biomechanical foundations of correct running
  • Correctly state 8 key biomechanical faults seen in runners
  • Correctly demonstrate 8 key treatment techniques for joint mobilizations to improve biomechanics with runners
  • Correctly demonstrate 6 treatment techniques for myofascial release to decrease stress on the hip
  • Correctly instruct a person in 5 exercises to improve a runner’s gait, biomechanics and where they are getting their power from
  • Create a running program that addresses running load, rest, speed, endurance and power post-injury and for the running athlete

Course Instructors

Marcus Lewis

PT, DPT, CIMT


Marcus received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2018 and has since been working in the greater Ann Arbor area with Probility Physical Therapy. He is currently the clinic director at an outpatient orthopedic Probility clinic in Livonia. He became a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist (CIMT) in 2021 and began teaching with Great Lakes Seminars later that year. Marcus specializes in a holistic treatment approach with focus on several types of manual therapy, including myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, and joint mobilization with and without movement. His treatment philosophy involves finding and fixing dysfunction, re-training the body, strengthening, and optimization. Marcus has a passion for working with athletes focused on both weightlifting and running. When he's outside of the clinic, he can often be found in northern Michigan enjoying life on the water or on the trails with his wife and dog.

Marcus Lewis

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Doors open

8:00am

Lecture: Running over the years - How conceptual models have changed

9:00am

Lecture: Overview of anatomy and lower quarter biomechanics

10:15am

Lecture: Biomechanics of normal and abnormal running

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Gait assessment

2:45pm

Lab: Gait retraining

4:30pm

Review of today's lecture concepts

5:00pm

Review of evidence-based literature for today’s topics

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Doors open

8:00am

Review and testing of Day 1 material and techniques

9:00am

Lab: Lower quarter mobilizations for runners

10:00am

Lab: Lower quarter MFR for runners

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Exercises for runners

3:00pm

Running progressions and training programs

4:00pm

Review of case studies

4:30pm

Review of evidence-based literature for today’s topics

5:00pm

Adjourn

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