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CAL-PT-FUND Research Symposium: The Science of Running

The California Physical Therapy Association is partnering with the CAL-PT-FUND to host "The Science of Running" Symposium November 22-23, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. The 2nd Annual Research Symposium is sure to be a "must" for anyone who works with patients who run!

11/22/2014 to 11/23/2014
When: 11/22/2014 - 11/23/14
8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Airport
1177 Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, Plaza Ballroom  94010
Presenter: Chris Powers, Irene Davis, Bryan Heiderscheit and Nancy Byl
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782

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Course Description

The California Physical Therapy Association is partnering with the CAL-PT-FUND to host "The Science of Running" Symposium November 22-23, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. The 2nd Annual Research Symposium is sure to be a "must" for anyone who works with patients who run!

Running is a demanding physical activity performed by millions of persons worldwide. Given the repetitive high-impact nature of running, many individuals who engage in this form of exercise experience pain or become injured. For the clinician, managing the injured runner can be challenging as the cause(s) of running injuries are often multifactorial. Furthermore, a thorough biomechanical evaluation is often necessary to determine underlying injury mechanism(s) in order to guide treatment decisions. This evidence-based symposium will bring together top researchers in the field of sports medicine to discuss and debate contemporary topics related to running mechanics, running-related injuries, and the rehabilitation of the injured runner.  The use of video analysis as an integral part of the running examination will be emphasized, and strategies to modify running mechanics will be addressed as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Case studies will be utilized to promote the integration of the material presented. Participants will be provided with practical information to “take back” to the clinic for immediate use in managing the injured runner.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the biomechanics of running
  • Describe current trends in running styles and footwear
  • Perform a basic running evaluation using video methods
  • Understand the biomechanical factors that underlie common running injuries
  • Describe treatment approaches for common running injuries


Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA
I have 50 years of experience in rehabilitation ranging from administrative management at a Departmental level to graduate level teaching in physical therapy, medicine and bioengineering to basic, clinical and translational research in the area of neuroplasticity. At UCSF, I have been instrumental in moving a professional curriculum from a baccalaureate degree to a MS degree and ultimately a doctoral degree. I participated in developing a Health Program for Performing Artists, a PT Health and Wellness Program, a NeuroFit Program for patients with chronic neurological and musculoskeletal challenges (e.g. PD, CVA, ALS, PLS, degenerative arthritis, joint replacements) and an integrative, multi disciplinary Balance and Falls Center at UCSF. I currently provide consultation and patient intervention in the Health and Wellness Center. I also participate in clinical research studying the effects of aerobic exercise and dual tasking for patients with PD and participate in several research studies evaluating the effectiveness of integrating technology into rehabilitation programs for patients poast CV, I designed an animal model to study the etiology of focal hand dystonia and contributed towards a paradigm shift in the understanding of dystonia from the perspective of a multifactorial model where we documented cortical degradation of the somatosensory and motor representations following excessive, near simultaneous repetitions. Based on these findings we developed a learning based sensorimotor training program as a method of facilitating recovery in patients post neurological dystunction. I work collaboratively with researchers in the Departments of Radiology and Neurology try to understand the biomarkers associated with patients who recover substantially post stroke or post dystonia and those who do not. I also run a group exercise program for patients with Parkinson’s Disease in collaboration with the UCSF Center for Parkinson’s Disease.

Irene Davis, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA
Dr. Davis received a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned an MS in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently on faculty in the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of the Spaulding National Running Center. Dr. Davis has been studying the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners for over 20 yrs. She has received funding from the DoD and NIH to support her research. Dr. Davis has given 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored100 publications. She is a Past-President of the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and Discovery.

Brian Heiderscheit, PT, PhD
Dr. Heiderscheit is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin(UW)-Madison.  He is the Director of the Runners’ Clinic through the UW Sports Medicine Center; Director of Sports Performance Research for UW Athletics; and Co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on running-related injuries. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving as Chair of the Running special interest group.

Chris Powers, PT, PHD, FACSM, FAPTA

Dr. Powers is an Associate Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California. His primary research interests are concerned with the kinematic, kinetic and muscular actions associated with human movement, the pathomechanics of orthopedic disabilities, and issues related to rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Powers is an active researcher, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He frequently lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to lower limb biomechanics and the pathomechanics of orthopaedic disorders.

Course Schedule

Day 1

7:30-8:00                     Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:30                     Introduction (Powers)

8:30-10:00                   Biomechanics of Running (Davis)
10:00-10:30                 BREAK
10:30-12:00                 Abnormal Running Mechanics (Powers
12:00-1:00                   LUNCH
1:00-3:00                     Clinical Assessment & Running Exam Basics (Heiderscheit)
3:00-3:30                     BREAK
3:30-4:30                     Runners Dystonia (Byl)
4:30-5:00                     Panel Discussion (ALL) 
6:00-8:00                     Reception

Day 2

7:00-8:00                     Continental Breakfast

8:00-10:00                   Common Running Injuries: Biomechanical and Clinical Factors (ALL)
10:00-10:30                 BREAK
10:30-12:00                 Dynamic Evaluation of the Injured Runner: 3 perspectives (ALL)
12:00-1:00                   LUNCH
1:00-2:30                     Treatment of the Injured Runner: 3 perspectives (ALL)
2:30-3:00                     Panel Discussion (ALL)
3:00-3:30                     BREAK
3:30-4:30                     Case Reports
4:30-5:00                     Panel Discussion-Future Directions (ALL)


This course is approved for 16 contact hours (1.6 CEUs) by the California Physical Therapy Association.

Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, students and all other Allied Health Professionals are encouraged to join us for this event.

Instruction Level

Intermediate - Advanced

Registration Fees

$400 APTA PT Members
$250 APTA PTA Members
$200 APTA Student Members
$640 Non-Members

*$100 Late Fee for registrations received after November 8, 2014*


Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Airport
Plaza Ballroom
1177 Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 342-9200

Group rate: $119 plus taxes and fees (currently 12% tax, $1.00 CVB fee and $0.10 CA Tourism fee per night)
Reservation deadline: October 29, 2014
Room block is under: California Physical Therapy Association

The Crowne Plaza San Francisco Intl Airport is located just 15 minutes south of downtown San Francisco and 2 miles from the San Francisco International Airport. The hotel offers complimentary airport and downtown Burlingame shuttle service.

Parking is available for course registrants at $10 per day.


Cancellations must be received in writing. Full refund less 20% if cancellation is received at least seven days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after November 15, 2014.



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