Course Description

This course will provide an evidenced-based and practical approach to the evaluation and treatment of the injured runner. Didactic lectures will focus on current literature pertaining to epidemiology, running mechanics, and therapeutic exercise. Video-based case studies will also be presented to enhance the lectures and provide the “big picture” view of the injured runner. An overview of gait-analysis and running mechanics will be provided. Strategies for gait re-training will also be discussed. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of biomechanics and gait analysis, and are encouraged to review basic biomechanics of gait prior to the course. A video-based lab session will focus on gait analysis of the injured runner. Small groups will review and discuss mechanics and propose treatments based on the provided videos. The overall course objective is to provide participants with the “whole picture” of rehabilitating injured runners and provide practical treatments that maybe utilized immediately in the clinic.

Target Audience:
Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers, doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, university faculty

Contact Hours:
16 CEUs

Course Objectives

 Understand the epidemiology of the overuse injuries in running

 Select evidence-based exercises to address muscular imbalances in the injured runner

 Describe the role of faulty running mechanics in the development of injury

 Evaluate and address common faulty running mechanics

Course schedule


8:00 AM: Welcome & Overview

8:15 AM: Epidemiology & Etiology of Running Injuries

9:15 AM: Lab #1

9:45 AM: Break

10:00 AM: Exercise Selection for the Injured Runner

11:00 AM: Lab # 2

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Running Mechanics

2:15 PM: Gait-analysis // Case Studies

3:30 PM: Lab # 3

4:45 PM: Wrap-Up



8:00 AM Review Day 1

8:45 AM: Epidemiology & Etiology of Running Injuries

9:15 AM: Running-Related Injuries: Anterior Knee Pain

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Running-Related Injuries: ITB syndrome

11:00 AM: Lab # 4

12:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Running-Related Injuries: Hamstring Injuries

1:45 PM: Running-Related Injuries: MTSS

2:30 PM: Running-Related Injuries: plantar heel pain

3:15-4 PM: Exam

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jason Lunden

Jason specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities – running, cycling, skiing, snow- boarding and overhead athletics. He has published on the topic of shoulder biomechanics and the rehabilitation of knee injuries and has a strong commitment to educating others. Jason serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams and is a frequent, well-received local and national presenter on the topics of sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. He is a recent recipient of the New Horizon and Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. Jason received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was the recipient of the Gary L. Soderberg DPT Visionary Award, the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership, the MN APTA Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award, and the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award. He received specialized training through the Minnesota Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Residency, and received his board certification as a Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Jason currently works at Excel Physical Therapy in Bozeman, MT.