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The Running Athlete: Part A - Biomechanics and Analysis

presented by Matthew Walsh

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The Running Athlete focuses on the biomechanics, analysis, training and rehabilitation of runners. Instructor Matthew Walsh specializes in running technique and the rehabilitation of injured runners. Delve into the specifics of the hip, knee, foot ankle, pelvis and spine to see exactly what affects runners. Learn techniques to both rehabilitate injured runners and train runners to improve their technique.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Matthew Walsh, PT

    Matthew specializes in running related injuries, sports injuries and spinal pain. He is the director of Rebound Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Clinic's Motion Lab as well as Rebound's running clinics. He is an active educator and teaches musculoskeletal diagnosis and rehabilitation methods to Physical Therapists on a National and International level. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Matt has taught courses on the Biomechanics of Gait, Running and manual therapy for 12 years in Australia, Canada & the USA. He has presented this approach to Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport & various provincial, state and National conferences. In addition to his work as a clinician & teacher, Matthew has also served as therapist to the Canadian Cross Country ski team, Alberta Alpine ski team & as a consultant to the PGA tour, Canadian U23 Rugby team & Nike's Team Oregon project. He currently lives in Portland Oregon and works in private practice with the Rebound Rehabilitation group. He is a PhD student with professor Joy Higgs. His research is a qualitative study of Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapists Clinical practice knowledge through the Charles Sturt University in Australia. He practices with a specialization in the assessment, treatment and training of the Running Athlete.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction and Key Principles

    1. Introduction and Key Principles

    Delve into the biomechanics of running gait along the entire kinetic chain, review the fundamentals of orthopedic evaluation with focus on gait assessment, and apply the theoretical principles of movement to the evaluation of running-related injuries.

  2. Biomechanics & Practical Review

    2. Biomechanics & Practical Review

    Dissect the biomechanics of gait into planes of movement and dysfunction, correlate the segments of the kinetic chain during locomotion, and apply myokinematic principles to the evaluation and rehabilitation of running-related dysfunctions.

  3. Biomechanics of the Foot & Ankle

    3. Biomechanics of the Foot & Ankle

    Revisit the anatomy and biomechanics of the foot and the ankle joint during running, learn specific regional tests of the foot, and correlate biomechanical principles to the prevention of foot and ankle injuries during running.

  4. Biomechanics of the Knee & Hip

    4. Biomechanics of the Knee & Hip

    Review the biomechanics of the knee and hip with regards to running with emphasis on the gait cycle and the different muscles involved, and relate the biomechanics of the knee and hip with a specific injury such as iliotibial band syndrome.

  5. Biomechanics of the Pelvis & Spine

    5. Biomechanics of the Pelvis & Spine

    Review the biomechanics of the pelvis and lumbar spine and become familiar with the components of the running cycle and the principles behind hamstring reconstruction for ACL tears.