Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT, FAPTA is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is also the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center. Dr. Davis is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she served on the faculty for over 20 years. Her research is focused on the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and musculoskeletal injury. She has pioneered the area of retraining faulty gait patterns in both walking and running. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research. Dr. Davis has given over 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 110 publications. She is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Bryan C. Heiderscheit, PT, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin(UW)-Madison.  He is the Director of the Runners’ Clinic through the UW Sports Medicine Center; Director of Badger Athletic Performance Research for UW Athletics; and Co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on running-related injuries. Support for his research includes the National Institutes of Health, NFL Medical Charities, NBA and GE. He is an Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and the past treasurer of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California. Dr. Powers’ research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contribute to lower extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. Dr. Powers is an active researcher, and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. He frequently lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to lower limb biomechanics and the pathomechanics of orthopaedic disorders.

A partnered symposium
The Science of Running Medicine
American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy

April 25-26, 2020
The Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

$550 per person
$475 for American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Members
$400 for students
$340 for American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Member Students

The Symposium

This evidence-based symposium will bring together top clinical researchers in the field of biomechanics to discuss and debate contemporary topics related to running biomechanics, running-related injuries, and the rehabilitation of the injured runner. The use of video analysis as part of the running gait examination will be emphasized, and novel strategies to modify running mechanics will be presented as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Multiple case studies will be integrated to illustrate concepts and promote idea application. Participants will be provided with practical information to “take back” to the clinic for immediate use in managing the injured runner.

Target Audience
Physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians, chiropractors, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants. This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Describe the biomechanics of running

• Conduct a basic running evaluation using video methods

• Integrate findings from the physical examination and video analysis to determine appropriate injury management

• Recommend specific rehabilitation exercises to target impairments of common running-related injuries

• Recommend effective strategies to modify the running form and determine when it is appropriate to do so as part of the rehabilitation plan

Contact Mary Wilkinson at with any questions.


Day 1


8:00-8:15  |  Introduction and Background (Powers)
8:15-9:00  |  Biomechanics of Running (Davis)
9:00-9:45  |  Abnormal Running Mechanics (Powers)
9:45-10:05  |  Break
10:05-10:25  |  Common Running Injuries and Mechanics (Heiderscheit)
10:25-10:45  |  Common Running Injuries and Mechanics (Powers)
10:45-11:05  |  Common Running Injuries and Mechanics (Davis)
11:05-11:50  |  Examination of the Injured Runner (Heiderscheit)
11:50-12:00  |  Question and Answer Period
12:00-1:00  |  Lunch Break
1:00-1:30  |  Videos of Gait Deviations (Powers)
1:30-2:00  |  Videos of Gait Deviations (Davis)
2:00-2:30  |  Videos of Gait Deviations (Heiderscheit)
2:30-3:00  |  Development of Clinical Hypothesis – Case Studies (Davis)
3:00-3:20  |  Break
3:20-3:50  |  Development of Clinical Hypothesis – Case Studies (Heiderscheit)
3:50-4:20  |  Development of Clinical Hypothesis – Case Studies (Powers)
4:20-5:00  |  Panel Discussion and Question and Answer Period

Day 2


8:00-9:00  |  Background for Approach (Davis)
9:00-10:00  |  Background for Approach (Powers)
10:00-10:20  |  Break
10:20-11:20  |  Background for Approach (Heiderscheit)
11:20-11:30   |  Question and Answer Period
11:30-12:30  |  Lunch Break
12:30-1:15  |  Treatment Approach (Heiderscheit)
1:15-2:00  |  Treatment Approach (Powers)
2:00-2:20  |  Break
2:20-3:05  |  Treatment Approach (Davis)
3:05-3:50  |  Debate
3:50-4:00  |  Wrap up

This program is eligible for a maximum of 14.25 Category A hours/CEUs.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced per the NATA’s Professional Development Committee

To register, follow this link!