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Running: More than Just a Fast Walk

presented by Gary Gray

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Marathons are as popular as ever and running remains America’s favorite form of exercise. In this edition of the Functional Video Digest Series, Gary Gray will explore the biomechanics and the chain reaction of running and share his unique observation on how to diagnose problems and prescribe exercises that will keep his patients, athletes, and clients running for a lifetime. In this issue, Gary will explain and give understanding to the three B’s of running, Big Toe, Butt, and Belly. In this edition, the knowledge for creating an environment for the body to be able to enjoy running for a lifetime is provided…because you always got to keep running!

Meet Your Instructor

  • Gary Gray, PT

    Gary Gray PT is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley Award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as “Father of Function” and the leading pioneer and authority in rehabilitation and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal is to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Running Functional Understanding

    1. Running Functional Understanding

    Explain how when the big toe effectively loads, it assists dramatically in our overall propulsion and our ability to move effectively over the ground. Identify how all of our muscles including the peroneus longus get proprioceptively stimulated and begin to decelerate in all three planes of motion. Explain how with effective ankle dorsiflexion and the initiation of heel raise, the hallux is then dorsiflexed against a stable first ray and loading of the big toe quickly gets transformed into loading and unloading and effective propulsion.

  2. Running Functional Analysis

    2. Running Functional Analysis

    Identify how the power of the butt is proportional to how effectively it “gets turned on.” Explain how effectively loading in all three planes of the limbs, with proper loading in the big toe and the butt, in combination with effective loading of the trunk in all three planes of motion, turns the abdominals on in all three planes. Identify ways in achieving the goal, which is to get our clients and patients enjoying running for a lifetime.

  3. Running Analysis Debrief

    3. Running Analysis Debrief

    Explain if the training allows the trainee to be more efficient and effective in what they desire to do, in this case running. Understand the transformation between the pelvis and the shoulders and look at the relative motion in all three planes of the pelvis and the shoulders. Explain how in golf, the pelvis and shoulders load in the same direction, in the transverse plane, and in running they load in opposite directions.

  4. Running Functional Training

    4. Running Functional Training

    “Train the body to transform”. Discuss biomechanically unloading “up the chain” and unloading “down the chain”. Make training, conditioning and rehabilitation functional for running key if we want to enjoy running.