The Symposium

This evidence-based symposium will bring together top clinical researchers in the field of biomechanics to discuss and debate contemporary topics related to running biomechanics, running-related injuries, and the rehabilitation of the injured runner. The use of video analysis as part of the running gait examination will be emphasized, and novel strategies to modify running mechanics will be presented as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Multiple case studies will be integrated to illustrate concepts and promote idea application. Participants will be provided with practical information to “take back” to the clinic for immediate use in managing the injured runner.

Next Symposium:

October 27-28  |  Ann Arbor, MI  |  University of Michigan


Target Audience
Physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians, chiropractors, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants. This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Describe the biomechanics of running

• Conduct a basic running evaluation using video methods

• Integrate findings from the physical examination and video analysis to determine appropriate injury management

• Recommend specific rehabilitation exercises to target impairments of common running-related injuries

• Recommend effective strategies to modify the running form and determine when it is appropriate to do so as part of the rehabilitation plan

The Science of Running Medicine course is designed by and for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. It is also an excellent course for athletic trainers and other health professionals, such as physicians, chiropractors and strength and conditioning coaches, who work with the running population.

Approved CE Provider_VF_pScience of Running Medicine (BOC AP#: P8848) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 14.25 Category A hours/CEUs.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced per the NATA’s Professional Development Committee

Level of Difficulty: Advanced per the NATA’s Professional Development Committee

Most states accept the BOC approval for proof of course appropriateness for physical therapy CEUs. However, a few states, notably Texas, California, Louisiana, Florida, and Pennsylvania, may require prior approval by the attendee before applying these CEUs for state licensure. We encourage you to check with your state on its policies.

Contact Mary Wilkinson at with any questions.

This course is an absolute must go to! You get three of the best in evidence of mechanics of running research. If you are treating runners, you need to go to this course!

     – Jennifer Iverson, PT | North Dakota, USA

I’ve been a physical therapist for 20 years and it was refreshing to attend a course that doesn’t pigeon hole you to think a certain way. How fantastic to have a course that encourages professionals to think…thank you!!

     – Sara Thatcher, PT, MSPT | Massachusetts, USA

Loved this conference. The panel discussions were great! Wish I could attend every year.

     – Katie Marcouiller, DPT, CMTPT | Wisconsin, USA

The course was really outstanding. Thank you to you and your colleagues for all your efforts in putting together such a practice changing weekend. I love to go to a course and be humbled.

     – Josh Zilm, PT, DPT, OCS | Wisconsin, USA

It was so great to hear all of the research and opinions presented.  I've read a lot of your research, but it was nice to have it all put together so that it can be applied clinically. My first patient of the morning I was able to apply the concepts to his running.

     – Malia Koppin PT, DPT, CSCS | Massachusetts, USA

It was very refreshing and confidence building, and confirming of my clinical practice to hear Bryan, Irene and Chris present their research, in addition to learning where I have some room for improvement.  It was also helpful that you all painted a very good clinical picture and integration of this research for immediate clinical practice implementation, and strategies for those without force plates and the 3D motion analysis equipment!   Priceless and necessary for any healthcare provider working with runners!!  Can't wait to come again!

     – Jen Davis, DPT, OCS | Oregon, USA

Day 1


8:00-8:15  |  Introduction and Background (Powers)
8:15-9:00  |  Biomechanics of Running (Davis)
9:00-9:45  |  Abnormal Running Mechanics (Powers)
9:45-10:05  |  Break
10:05-10:25  |  Common Running Injuries and Mechanics (Heiderscheit)
10:25-10:45  |  Common Running Injuries and Mechanics (Powers)
10:45-11:05  |  Common Running Injuries and Mechanics (Davis)
11:05-11:50  |  Examination of the Injured Runner (Heiderscheit)
11:50-12:00  |  Question and Answer Period
12:00-1:00  |  Lunch Break
1:00-1:30  |  Videos of Gait Deviations (Powers)
1:30-2:00  |  Videos of Gait Deviations (Davis)
2:00-2:30  |  Videos of Gait Deviations (Heiderscheit)
2:30-3:00  |  Development of Clinical Hypothesis – Case Studies (Davis)
3:00-3:20  |  Break
3:20-3:50  |  Development of Clinical Hypothesis – Case Studies (Heiderscheit)
3:50-4:20  |  Development of Clinical Hypothesis – Case Studies (Powers)
4:20-5:00  |  Panel Discussion and Question and Answer Period

The above schedule is subject to change.

Course Dates and Locations

Day 2


8:00-9:00  |  Background for Approach (Davis)
9:00-10:00  |  Background for Approach (Powers)
10:00-10:20  |  Break
10:20-11:20  |  Background for Approach (Heiderscheit)
11:20-11:30   |  Question and Answer Period
11:30-12:30  |  Lunch Break
12:30-1:15  |  Treatment Approach (Heiderscheit)
1:15-2:00  |  Treatment Approach (Powers)
2:00-2:20  |  Break
2:20-3:05  |  Treatment Approach (Davis)
3:05-3:50  |  Debate
3:50-4:00  |  Wrap up