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Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter: Implications for the Evaluation and Treatment of Muscu
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8/27/2016 to 8/28/2016
When: August 27-28, 2016
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Samuel Merritt University
Health Education Center, Betchel Room
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA  94609
United States
Presenter: Christopher M Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASCM
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x 105

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Course Description

Altered lower quarter mechanics can frequently contribute to various musculoskeletal conditions. Understanding how abnormal limb function can contribute to the mechanisms of specific joint dysfunction is essential for the evaluation and treatment of common orthopaedic disorders. This evidence-based course will review the anatomy and mechanics of the lower kinetic chain, particularly in relation to specific pathologies of the ankle, knee and hip. Emphasis will be placed on current research findings in the areas of gait analysis, lower limb function, and joint biomechanics. Implications for the evaluation and treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions will be addressed.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the foot/ankle, knee and hip.
  • Describe the normal interactions of the hip, knee, ankle and foot during functional movements.
  • Describe common lower movement impairments during functional movements.
  • Describe the current research literature related to the mechanisms of lower extremity injury.
  • Plan appropriate treatment interventions based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.


Day 1

7:30-8:00 Registration and Coffee
8:00-9:00 Introductions & course overview
9:00-10:00 Pathomechanics of the lower quarter
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-Noon Pathomechanics of the lower quarter (cont.)
Noon-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:30 Functional evaluation of lower quarter pathomechanics
2:30-3:30 Ankle joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-6:00 Knee joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations

Day 2

8:00-10:00 Patellofemoral joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment
9:00-10:00 Knee joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Hip joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
11:15-12:00 Influence of hip muscle weakness on spine mechanics
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-3:30 Intervention strategies for lower chain dysfunction
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-6:00 Therapeutic exercise and progression: A proximal approach


Christopher M Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASCM is the founder and owner of the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. In addition, he is a Professor in the Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Powers received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984, his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology in 1996 from USC. Dr. Powers did his post-doctoral training at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, University of California, Irvine.


Dr. Powers is recognized nationally and internationally for his research related to the biomechanical causes of lower extremity injury. More specifically, he is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on knee injuries; in particular patellofemoral joint dysfunction and tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Dr. Powers has published over 150 research articles and has received several awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section, the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, the Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award and the Helen J Hislop Award for contributions to the professional literature.


Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. He also is a member of the American Society for Biomechanics, American Society for Testing and Measures, and the North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis. In addition, Dr. Powers is the current President of the California Physical Therapy Association and Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.


16.0 contact hours or 1.6 CEUs (approval pending)

Target Audience

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and PT/PTA Students.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture and demonstration lab

Registration Fees

Registration received by August 13, 2016
$450 APTA PT members
$285 APTA PTA members
$200 APTA Student members
$720 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.



Garage parking in Merritt is $18 per day (see campus map).


Oakland Marriott City Center – 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Courtyard Oakland Downtown – 988 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Water Front Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel – 10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA
Four Points Sheraton San Francisco Bay Bridge – 1603 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge – 1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA
Hyatt House Emeryville – 5800 Shellmound Way, Emeryville, CA
Courtyard Oakland Emeryville – 5555 Shellmound Street, Emeryville, CA
Doubletree by Hilton – 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, CA


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after August 13, 2016.

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