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Running injuries are one of the most common injuries seen in the clinic. But what is the best way to get your patients back running pain-free? This masterclass dives deep into how to optimally return a patient back to running, with specific recommendations for patellofemoral pain, iliotibial band pain, stress fractures, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy, and more! It also answers the question – ‘When do biomechanics matter in running injury?’ – and reveals a simple but effective gait analysis tool that you can immediately use in your clinical practice.


5 modules


2 hours

About the presenter

Dr. Richard Willy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana.  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 treatment of the injured runner.

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Epidemiology and injury framework

Runtime: 26:57
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The epidemiology of runner injuries is discussed. Injury prevalence between young and aging (Masters runners) is contrasted, with an emphasis on patellofemoral pain, tibial stress fracture, iliotibial band pain, Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciopathy. We also discuss what factors contribute to running injuries, including psychosocial influences

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Load capacity: What is it and how can we restore it?

Runtime: 23:03
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The dose-response relationship between applied training loads and tissue adaptations is applied to the injured runner. Best training practices are discussed so that the clinician is better able to identify training errors. Finally, we discuss when biomechanics may or may not play a role in running-related injuries

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Qualitative gait assessment: When to do it and when does it matter?

Runtime: 23:48
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Viewers will learn a simple, but effective video gait analysis tool. This module will demonstrate when and how to use clinical gait analysis. Gait mechanics specific to the most common running injuries, including patellofemoral pain, iliotibial band pain, tibial stress fracture will be discussed.

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Treatment strategies to restore load capacity for key running injuries

Runtime: 16:58
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This module will describe the tissue response to loading with respect to bone, muscle, tendon and ligament. Specific recommendations will be made to optimize tissue response in rehabilitation programs. Finally, an overall treatment strategy to target specific types of tissue will be described.

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Specific treatments for most common running-related injuries

Runtime: 29:20
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In this module, specific treatment recommendations will be made for runners with Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy, iliotibial band pain and patellofemoral pain. Best practices for a safe and durable return to running will be outlined.

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