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Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis Print CE Course

Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis Print CE Course


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    Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
    • Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis text
    • Online video
    • 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.

    Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:


    Continuing education course for certified professionals in physical therapy, athletic training, fitness, personal training, and strength and conditioning.

    Table of Contents

    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
    Anatomical Alignment
    Chapter 3. Footwear Selection
    Overview of Running Shoes
    Footwear Research Findings
    Shoe Fitting
    Barefoot Running
    Orthotic Devices and Foot Mechanics
    Chapter 4. Assessing Knee Mechanics
    Anatomical Alignment
    Chapter 5. Assessing Hip Mechanics
    Anatomical Alignment
    Chapter 6. Proximal to Distal Relationships: Case Studies
    Torsional Forces
    Frontal Plane Mechanics
    Chapter 7. Can We Influence Gait Mechanics?
    Strength Training
    Revisiting the Case Studies
    Chapter 8. Overview of Clinical and Biomechanical Assessment
    Foot, Ankle, and Tibia
    Chapter 9. Technical Aspects of Video Gait Analysis
    Sampling Frequency
    F-Stop and Shutter Speed
    Software Options
    Appendix: Terminology for Gait Biomechanics

    About the Author

    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.