This online continuing education course includes the Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis eBook, access to online video, and a continuing education exam containing questions based on the content from the e-book.
Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis text
Continuing education exam
Running continues to be one of the most popular sports, despite the fact that up to 70 percent of runners will sustain overuse injuries during any one-year period. Therefore, it is imperative for certified professionals working with athletes and clients to stay informed on running mechanics, injury prevention, and optimal treatment methods. Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis CE Course is a convenient text and exam bundle that presents this critical information and allows readers to earn continuing education credit.
Referencing over 250 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis supplies professionals with an array of clinical applications. Certified professionals will come away with an understanding of ways to build on standard practice while gaining a new appreciation for the performance benefits that gait analysis can provide. The course has the following features:
A discussion of the complexities of running biomechanics as they relate to muscular strength, flexibility, and anatomical alignment for the purpose of providing an advanced clinical assessment of gait
Guidelines for assessing, treating, and preventing a range of common and not-so-common running injuries
A detailed analysis of running biomechanics to help professionals identify the interactions of the kinetic chain and the causes of overuse injuries
An online video library featuring 33 clips that demonstrate 15 of the biomechanical patterns discussed in the text
Documented clinical examples to help practitioners apply the wealth of information in the book to their own practice
Early chapters introduce readers to the basics of running-related injuries, foot mechanics, and shoe selection before progressing to discussions of knee and hip mechanics, ways to influence gait mechanics, and technical aspects of video gait analysis. Via a detailed joint-by-joint analysis, the book pinpoints common problem areas for runners and describes protocols for treatment. Later chapters present case studies of injured runners to guide professionals through a detailed biomechanical analysis and treatment recommendations, and an overview chapter summarizes the interrelationships of movement patterns at each joint with anatomical, strength, flexibility, and kinetic chain factors.
At the conclusion of the course, a 20-question exam on the content of the text follows. Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate of completion may be retrieved for submission to a certifying organization.
Chapter 1. Incidence of Running-Related Injuries
Defining an Overuse Injury
Etiology of Overuse Injuries in Runners
Common Running-Related Injuries
Understanding Clinical and Biomechanical Risk Factors
Chapter 2. Assessing Foot Mechanics
Atypical Foot Mechanics and Injury
Chapter 3. Footwear Selection
Overview of Running Shoes
Footwear Research Findings
Orthotic Devices and Foot Mechanics
Chapter 4. Assessing Knee Mechanics
Chapter 5. Assessing Hip Mechanics
Chapter 6. Proximal to Distal Relationships: Case Studies
Frontal Plane Mechanics
Chapter 7. Can We Influence Gait Mechanics?
Revisiting the Case Studies
Chapter 8. Overview of Clinical and Biomechanical Assessment
Foot, Ankle, and Tibia
Chapter 9. Technical Aspects of Video Gait Analysis
F-Stop and Shutter Speed
Appendix: Terminology for Gait Biomechanics
Continuing education course for certified professionals in physical therapy, athletic training, fitness, personal training, and strength and conditioning.
Reed Ferber, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, is an associate professor in the faculties of kinesiology and nursing at the University of Calgary and cofounder and director of the Running Injury Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since 2003, he and his colleagues at the Running Injury Clinic have been among the world’s leaders in 3-D gait assessment and technology. Ferber received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Oregon in 2001. He is a research associate for the Institute of Sport and Recreation Research in New Zealand and a certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has won several awards in teaching excellence and has authored or coauthored 43 articles appearing in Clinical Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and other publications.
Shari Macdonald, BSc, PT, MSc, has worked for over 15 years as a physical therapist specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. She has earned postgraduate certifications in manual therapy, dry needling techniques, and sport. Shari is the chairperson for the Alberta section of Sport Physiotherapy Canada and is a national board member. Since 2009, Shari has been the clinic director at the Running Injury Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, where they specialize in assessing gait biomechanics and the treatment of running injuries. Shari earned her master of science degree in biomechanics from the University of Calgary.