Hold on a second guys....Okay, there. Sorry. I had to come down from what I imagine being on cloud 9 feels like. I have had one crazy, jam-packed, and exciting month so far. The month concluded with two pretty big events. First of all, I finally got around to popping the question...and thankfully she said yes.
|I was pretty nervous here...but not as nervous as this...|
|This was a pretty nerve wracking moment.|
|Pretty Sweet geography around Portland. I am very jealous of everyone that lives here.|
I arrived on Friday afternoon in Portland and was given a tour of the Correct Toes' office and the clinic (Northwest Foot and Ankle) of Correct Toe's creator, Dr. Ray McClanahan, DPM. Northwest Foot and Ankle/Correct Toes was the host for this conference and boy were they ever a hospitable group of people.
This group went above and beyond and I think this added to the overall open and friendly feeling that existed at this course. This wasn't one of those CEU courses where people sit next to each other and only talk the bare minimum, ignore each other in the halls, and bust ass to leave at the end of the day. I felt like this course, it's instructors, and the participants all fostered a very open, inviting, and collaborative format. On Friday evening, there was a dinner and drinks at a local restaurant to work as an ice breaker before the next morning's festivities.
|Portland at 6:30AM...Peaceful at worse.|
|The blue thing is the Back Joy device. I am still in the process of testing it out but so far I think I like it.|
|Dr. Mark. "1 second, here is another knowledge bomb for you all."|
On top of having a passion for running it seems he has a bigger passion for just helping people...including kids too! Oh and if you're going to go for an "easy" group run with these guys after course then you better have some regular mileage under your belt. I am just starting to get back to running now after a long period of time off and I got dropped really quickly! A little sad considering I was probably the youngest person at the conference and easily the youngest person on the group run.
|Jay's devilish grin before dropping some knowledge bombs himself.|
- Discuss the pathophysiological process behind running injuries and the new treatment concepts relating to these pathologies.
- Improve his\her clinical efficiency through a better knowledge of objective diagnostic assessments and their place in the clinical exam of an injured runner.
- Discuss the new theories behind tissue stress, adaptation and preventive stress.
- Recognize the relationship between running biomechanics and the risk of injuries.
- Build a program to help an injured runner return to running using the theoretical principles relating to different energy systems, cross-training and warm-up.
- Discuss the science behind running shoe technology, plantar orthoses, flexibility and strengthening in the prevention and treatment of running injuries.
- Discuss the science and practical application of aerobic development, speed training, and periodization.
- Describe the principles and be able to teach efficient running form including supplemental drills.
- Evaluate a patient for movement dysfunction during a clinical visit and provide simple corrective measures.
- Discuss clinical Injury assessment and exam and specific corrective exercises.
- Describe practical gait analysis, cues, and corrections.
- Discuss Nutrition for health and performance.
- Prescribe footwear to complement the patient’s current movement pattern and how to safely transition them to more functional footwear
The role of intensity
Recovery principals, practice and overtraining syndrome
Coordination and peaking
Warm up and cool down
Nutrition for performance
Performing for ultra-endurance, movie and Q&A
Evolution, Design and Technology of footwear
Influence of footwear on gait
Relationship of footwear to injury
Fitting Issues and adaptive devices
Stability / Mobility / Strength
Movement patterns for efficiency and injury reduction
Form drills to re-enforce motor skills
Triad of Running Injuries
Tissue specificity – micro-anatomy
Building the perfect runner: how strength and mobility impacts form
Identifying and fixing problems
Optimizing the runner: building a paradigm from distance to sprinting
Medical Issues in Endurance Sports
Heat and Hydration for the Athlete
Assessing the Injured Runner Workshop
Clinical running analysis: the Visual Gait Tool in case studies & hands on practice
Clinical mobility and stability assessment lab
Evaluation and treatment workshops - physical exam and exercise prescription
|Dr. Ray McClanahan, DPM, myself, and Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS. |
These two guys combined have 4000x the brain power that I do.
There is still way too much garbage information out there regarding running form, running footwear, running injuries and endurance training. I urge any interested medical professional, running coach or even motivated runners to see if one of these courses are being hosted near you. If you can't do that then your next best starting spot is probably with Jay's book, Anatomy for Runners.