Clinical Running Essentials - Los-Angeles, CA

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Evolution Physical Therapy

12703 Cerise Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250

Hawthorne, CA 90250

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Running is a practical mode of exercise considering its wealth of documented health benefits and minimal barriers to entry. Running, however, is associated with a high incidence of lower extremity injury with studies highlighting that upwards of eighty percent of runners are likely to sustain an injury over the course of a given year. Clinicians working in an outpatient clinical setting would therefore be well served to refine their communication as well as their clinical skills and reasoning to foster improved outcomes in working with runners. This course is designed to help clinicians answer every runner’s most pressing question, “When can I run?” This will be accomplished by introducing a science-based framework that is rooted in the bio-psycho-social (BPS) model to help runners return to training through a graded exposure approach. An emphasis will be placed on communication strategies, motivational interviewing, running specific functional assessments, exercise prescription, and running gait analysis while demystifying the role and prescription of footwear. Given the predictable nature of running as an activity, clinicians will develop proficiency in guiding runners back to consistent and healthy training upon completion of this course.


Clinical Running Essentials is an eclectic course that draws on the best and most current research related to pain, exercise, assessment, running gait analysis and retraining, and footwear considerations. The course is designed to afford an intimate learning environment by having affording ample time for questions, interaction, and reflective learning.

Course Presenter: Christopher Johnson, PT

Chris completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor of science with distinction while completing a senior thesis in the physical therapy department under Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Chris was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team, scholar athlete, team captain in 2000, and recipient of the Lee J Hyncik award for excellence in athletics and academics. He remained at the University of Delaware to earn a master’s degree in physical therapy while completing an orthopedic/sports graduate fellowship under Dr. Michael J. Axe of First State Orthopedics.

Following graduation, he relocated to New York City to work at the world-renowned Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma of Lenox Hill Hospital as a physical therapist and researcher. He remained there for the ensuing eight years until 2010, when he opened his physical therapy and performance facility, Chris Johnson PT PLLC, in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. In 2013, Chris relocated to Seattle to further pursue his professional work while taking advantage of a more active, outdoor lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest.

In 2014, he opened Zeren PT LLC to provide unparalleled physical therapy and performance coaching for multisport athletes in the Pacific Northwest. Chris is also the co-founder and CEO of RunCadence LLC, which is an IOS app that helps runners apply step rate manipulation to their training.

In addition to being a physical therapist, Chris is a certified triathlon coach (ITCA). Outside of his professional work, Chris races triathlon at the amateur elite level. He is a five-time USAT All American, three-time Kona Qualifier, and is one of the dominant age group athletes in the world in long course triathlon. Chris is also extensively published in the medical literature and is a sought after international speaker. To learn more about Chris, please visit his website


COURSE SCHEDULE – Saturday (8:30am – 5pm)

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-­8:45 Welcome and introductions

8:45­-9:30 Lecture - Review basic pain science principles the biopsychosocial (BPS) model, and tenets of motivational interviewing specific to working with runners recovering from a running-related injury (RRI) (45’)

9:30-­9:45 Lecture - Review the incidence, patterns, risk factors, and beliefs related running related injuries (RRIs) (45’)

9:45-­10:00 Coffee break

10:00-­10:30 Lecture - Review the biomechanics and performance demands of walking and running (30’)

10:30-­11:00 Lecture & Discussion - Staging and typing running RRIs (30’)

11:00-­12:15 Lecture & Demonstration - Conducting a running specific evaluation and physical performance tests (PPTs)/functional assessments as well as synthesis of findings as it relates to the clinical reasoning process (75’)

12:15-­1:00 Lunch break

1:00­-2:00 Lecture & Demonstration – Introduce “The Table Test” and discuss interpretation of findings (60’)

2:00-­2:45 Lecture & Lab – discuss manual therapy interventions and their role in an overall treatment plan (45’)

2:45­-5:00 Lecture & Demonstration - single leg closed kinetic chain drills: principles, rationale, and progressions (135’)

3:45­-4:30 Lab - dynamic single leg closed chain motor control drills and progressions (45’)

4:30­-5:00 Lab - recap of day one and overview of day two

COURSE SCHEDULE – Sunday (8:30am – 5pm)

8:30­-8:45 Day 1 recap and chance for questions

8:45­-9:15 Lecture – Review barefoot running, minimalist shoes, and footstrike considerations and implications (30’)

9:15-­10:30 Lecture – Discuss lower limb tendinopathy and bone stress injury (BSI) evaluation and treatment considerations (75’)

10:30-­10:45 Coffee break

10:45-­12:00: Lecture & Demonstration - Review “The S’s of Treadmill Running Analysis” in addition to shoe selection and lacing considerations (75’)

12:00­-12:45: Lunch break

12:45-­1:45 Demonstration - Advanced dynamic closed chain drills (60’)

1:45­-2:30 Lecture – Discuss principles of strength development and building comprehensive capacity for runners (45’)

2:30­-3:15 Lecture & Demonstration – Power and plyometric training considerations and guidelines (45’)

3:15-­4:00 Lecture & Demonstration - Power and plyometric exercise selection and implementation during the late stages of rehab and as part of an overall training program (45’)

4:00-5:00 Case Study – Conduct a running specific evaluation, interpret findings, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan (60’)


*All course participants will be provided with a digital binder prior to the course that provides them with all of the course slides and related material.

1. Objective: The participant will accurately describe the biomechanics, EMG, kinematics, and kinetics of walking and running while highlighting the key differences between these two modes of locomotion. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers.

2. Objective: The participant will identify the incidence and risk factors of running related injuries and the regions most likely to be affected. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers.

3. Objective: The participant will highlight key running related research and impact papers that have been published in recent years related to discussing prospective risk factors for injury. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers.

4. Objective: The participant will describe the components of the biopsychosocial (BPS) model of pain and factors related to each component as it relates to managing injured runners while becoming acquainted with key tenets of motivational interviewing. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers.

5. Objective: The participant will correctly identify the severity and drivers of running related injuries while screening for red flags. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers, case studies, and live demonstrations.

6. Objective: The participant will describe, demonstrate and provide cueing related to specific open and closed chain therapeutic exercises, which pertain to build running specific strength, neuromuscular control and comprehensive capacity. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers, and real-time demonstrations.

7. Objective: The participant will identify, describe, and discuss the role of compound strengthening exercises to improve one’s running economy and neuromuscular proficiency. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers as well as video demonstrations.

8. Objective: The participant will describe the three common strike patterns related to running as well as their respective implications as they relate to injury and performance. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers.

9. Objective: The participant will conduct a comprehensive running gait analysis and offer specific interventions from a gait retraining standpoint specific to various contexts. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture and demonstration where the class takes the course instructor through a treadmill running analysis.

10. Objective: The participant will design and implement a return to running program by applying a graded exposure model to safely return runners back to training and competition. Learning Strategy/Instruction Method: Lecture with question and answers as well as role playing.

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