Restoring load capacity in the injured runner

18 (Sat) and 19 (Sun) January 2020 08:45 - 17:00 (GMT)

Pure Sport Medicine - Canary Wharf
Level 2
Cabot Place West
E14 4QT


This course is a two-day course that emphasizes putting the latest evidence into practice.

The course is led by Richard Willy, PT, PhD, a recognized expert in running-related injuries.

Attendees will leave with practical skills that will enable them to fully evaluate the injured runner and design a comprehensive training approach to maximize patient outcomes. This course emphasizes a theoretical framework for restoration of load capacity in the injured runner through optimal tissue loading.

Attendees will learn how to perform a running gait analysis using techniques that readily translate to various clinical settings. Attendees will also develop a clinical decision making process to determine when and if gait retraining is indicated, including how to use simple wearable devices to assist with optimizing patient outcomes.

There will be an emphasis on hands-on, laboratory experiences to put into practice the didactic components of this course so that attendees can immediately put into practice newly learned skills.

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize runners who are most at risk for running injuries and when to intervene with appropriate prevention programs.

  2. Describe the “envelope of function” and how it can help guide clinical decision making and training programs.

  3. Conduct a valid and repeatable clinical gait evaluation. Evidence-based best practices will be emphasized.

  4. Be able to make recommendations regarding shoe prescription

  5. Contrast heel strike running with forefoot running: Does evidence support one over the other?

  6. Describe a simple and clinically relevant classification system for gait mechanics that may contribute to injury.

  7. Recognize psychosocial and training factors that contribute to the etiology of running injuries: Is biomechanics important?

  8. Explain why therapeutic exercise is key to enhancing load tolerance but is insufficient to alter abnormal movement patterns.

  9. Design a return to running program, based on the runner’s diagnosis and their goals.

  10. Utilize appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues and feedback schedules for a gait retraining intervention

  11. Based on identified impairments, develop a treatment program for runners with common running injuries including patellofemoral pain, iliotibial band pain, lower leg and foot stress fractures, and tendinopathies.

Day One

0845 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 10:45 Introduction and Epidemiology: Which runners are most likely to get injured?

10:45 - 11:00 "Envelope of Function:" Preparing the runner for high training loads

11:00 - 11:45 How to conduct a clinical gait analysis, basic running biomechanics and terminology

11.45 - 13:00 Qualitative gait analysis: Relating injury to mechanics

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Practice case studies: breakout session

15:00 - 16:00 Video Analysis Laboratory

16:00 - 16:15 Break

16:15 - 16:45 Running Shoes

16:45 - 17:00 Discussion and day 1 wrap up

Day Two

0845 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 11:30 Principles of resistance training: Applications to lower limb tendinopathies

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 14:00 Therapeutic excercise laboratory

14:00 - 14:45 Return to running & gait retraining

14:45 - 15:15 Gait retraining laboratory

15:15 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 16:45 Live Case Study: Group evaluation of an injured runner

16:45 - 17:00 Discussion

Richard willy


Dr. Richard Willy

Dr. Richard Willy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA).

He received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his master of physical therapy from Ohio University. In addition to his research, Dr. Willy has been a clinician for 18 years specialising in the treatment of the injured runner.

His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for Patellofemoral pain syndrome, achilles tendon injuries and tibial stress fractures.

Besides publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Willy is a national and international presenter on his research and clinical expertise on how to evaluate and treat the injured runner. Dr. Willy and his research have been featured in Runner’s World multiple times.

The course venue

Pure Sport Medicine - Canary Wharf

Level 2

Cabot Place West
E14 4QT

Pure Sport Medicine - Canary Wharf website

How to get there

Travel Information:

CANARY WHARF - DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY (DLR) Travel time: 1 min walk Distance: 0.05 km + fly of stairs

CANARY WHARF - JUBILEE LINE UNDERGROUND Travel time: 5 min walk Distance : 0.2 km

Pure Sports Medicine practice is above the Tesco supermarket in Canary Wharf


City Airport: 8 km/ 5 miles away Travel: 15 min by car/taxi or 15 min via DLR DLR: take a DLR train towards Lewisham/ Canary Wharf, may need to change in Poplar.

Heathrow Airport: 36 km / 22 miles away Travel: 60 min by car/taxi or 1h 20 min via London Underground + DLR Underground: take Piccadilly Line to Holborn and change for Central Line from Holborn to Bank DLR: take any DLR train from Bank going in directions to Lewisham/Canary Wharf

Stansted Airport: 56 km / 35 miles away Travel: 53 min by car/taxi or 1h 20min via Stansted Express train + Underground + DLR or 1 h 40 min via Stanstead Airport Bus + DLR Stanstead Express Train: from airport to Liverpool Street Station + London Underground on Central Line ( 1 stop to Bank Station) or Circle line (2 stops to Tower Hill Station). DLR: from Bank or Tower Hill Station (both, 5 stops away to Canary Wharf). Take any DLR train going in directions to Lewisham or Canary Wharf. Bus from the Airport: National Express or Terravision to Stratford Station + direct DLR train from Stratford to Canary Wharf

Gatwick Airport: 81 km / 50 miles away Travel: 70 min by car/taxi or 1- 1.30 min by train + Underground + DLR Train: Gatwick Express from airport to Victoria Station (40 min) or National Railway train from airport to Victoria Station (45 - 60 min) or to London Bridge (50 min - 1.10min) Underground: from Victoria Station take Victoria line to Oxford Street and change for Central Line to Bank Station / from London Bridge take Jubilee Line directly to Canary Wharf DLR: from Bank take any DLR train going in directions to Lewisham/ Canary Wharf