Courses


Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter
Implications for the Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

February 22-23, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)            
Septembr 4-5, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Cost

$450

Overview

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/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the foot/ankle, knee and hip.
  2. Describe the normal joint kinematics, kinetics and muscle actions during walking and running.
  3. Describe the normal interaction of the hip, knee, ankle and foot during walking and running.
  4. Compare and contrast the biomechanical differences among the various running styles (heel strike, midfoot strike, forefoot strike).
  5. Describe the influence of footwear on running mechanics.
  6. Describe the current research literature related to the mechanisms of lower extremity injury.
  7. Plan appropriate treatment interventions based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.
Schedule

Day 1
8:00-9:00 Introductions & course overview
9:00-10:00 Normal gait mechanics: kinematics, kinetics, muscle actions (Part I)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Normal gait mechanics: kinematics, kinetics, muscle actions (Part II)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Understanding running mechanics & footwear
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Pathomechanics of the lower quarter (proximal & distal influences)
4:15-5:00 Functional movement evaluation

Day 2
8:00-9:00 Ankle joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
9:00-10:00 Knee joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Patellofemoral joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
11:15-12:00 Hip joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Influence of hip muscle weakness on spine mechanics
2:00-3:00 Intervention strategies for lower chain dysfunction
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Therapeutic exercise and progression: A proximal approach
4:00-4:45 ACL injury prevention programs
4:45-5:00 Summary/adjourn

Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter:
Evaluation and Treatment of Pain & Movement Dysfunction Related to Gait and Running
(Level II MPI Biomechanics Course)

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

April 6-7, 2013 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Prerequisites

Level I MPI Biomechanics course

Cost

$450

Overview

Movement dysfunction underlies many of the musculoskeletal conditions encountered in orthopaedic practice. Understanding the relationships between faulty biomechanics and lower extremity injury is fundamental to the clinical decision making process. More specifically, a thorough evaluation of movement dysfunction is necessary for the development of successful treatment strategies. This evidence-based course will extend the knowledge base of the introductory course by focusing on the diagnosis of movement-related impairments. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of walking and running mechanics. Current theories related to the pathomechanics of lower extremity injuries will be reviewed. In addition, participants will be provided with practical information and “clinical pearls” to assist in the development of patient-specific interventions aimed at correcting faulty gait and running patterns.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Perform a basic gait examination using observational and video methods.
  2. Perform a basic running analysis using video methods.
  3. Develop a hypothesis driven clinical examination based on the findings from a gait/running analysis.
  4. Plan a patient-specific intervention based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.
Schedule

Day 1
8:00-8:30 Introduction/overview
8:30-10:00 Understanding normal gait: kinematics, kinetics, and muscle actions
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Understanding running mechanics, running styles & footwear
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Common movement impairments associated with walking and running
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Observational gait lab & clinical assessment

Day 2
8:00-10:00 Video assessment of walking and running (Part I)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Video assessment of walking and running (Part II)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Intervention strategies for lower extremity dysfunction (Part I)
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Intervention strategies for lower extremity dysfunction (Part II)

Additional information
  • All courses approved for CEU’s through the California Physical Therapy Association
  • Courses are limited to 28 participants on a first come, first served basis
  • A special room rate has been secured for MPI course participants at the Radisson LAX. There is a free shuttle to and from the hotel and all airline terminals. The Radisson is located within walking distance from MPI so there is no need to rent a car.
  • Courses fees include handouts, continental breakfast, coffee, light snacks. Lunch is not included. There are many lunch options available within walking distance
Course registration
Complete the registration form and send with payment to the address listed (checks only made payable to MPI)

Cancellation policy
Full refund if cancellation is received >21 days before the course date. Full refund less 25% if cancellation is received 8-21 days before the course date. Full refund less 50% if cancellation is received within 7 days of the course date.