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Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter: Implications for Movement Dysfunction and Musculoskele
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Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter: Implications for Movement Dysfunction and Musculoskele

8/12/2017 to 8/13/2017
When: August 12-13, 2017
Where: Mercy Medical Group
3000 Q Street
6th Floor Conference Room
Sacramento, CA  95816
United States
Presenter: Christopher M Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASCM
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Course Description

Altered lower quarter mechanics are frequently implicated as being contributory to various musculoskeletal conditions. An understanding of 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 also 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    Movement analysis in the Musculoskeletal setting
10:00-10:15    Break
10:15-Noon    Pathomechanics of the lower quarter
Noon-1:00    Lunch on your own 
1:00-2:00     Functional evaluation of lower quarter pathomechanics 
2:00-3:00     Movement impairments related overuse injuries of the foot & ankle
3:00-3:15    Break
3:15-5:00    Movement impairments related overuse injuries of the knee

Day 2

  Coffee and Bagles
  Movement impairments related to patellofemoral pain
10:00-10:15    Break
10:15-11:15    Movement impairments related to overuse injuries of the hip
  Movement impairments related to low back pain
12:00-1:00    Lunch on your own
1:00-3:00    Intervention strategies for lower extremity movement impairments
3:15-5:00     Therapeutic exercise and progression: A proximal approach 

Speaker Bio

Christopher M Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASCM is a Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy. He also has joint appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Keck School of Medicine.  Dr. Powers is currently Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory and the Director of the Program in Biokinesiology at USC. He received a Bachelor’s 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' research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contribute to lower extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and has received several research 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 Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and currently serves as President of the California Chapter of the APTA.


16.0 contact hours or 1.6 CEUs

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture and demonstration lab
Attire: Comfortable business attire. Please consider dressing in layers as each person has a different comfort level when the air conditioning is on.
Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and PT/PTA Students.


Registration received by July 28, 2017
$450 APTA PT members
$285 APTA PTA members
$200 APTA Student members (limited to 10 student members)
$720 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.


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 July 28, 2017.



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