I have always been amazed at the amount of misinformation that I see pertaining to running shoes, running form, and running injury prevention and treatment published in popular running periodicals. I am also amazed when I go to running continuing education courses and leave with tons of “evidence,” but no real insight into how to apply the “evidence” to my specific running patient population. Furthermore, I am constantly amazed at the “if it hurts when you run you should just stop running” mentality exhibited by many healthcare practitioners. The fact is that most running-related injuries are due to biomechanical misalignments and I know of no misalignment that is positively influenced by a simple bout of rest.
After years of evaluating and treating runners at Horizon Physical Therapy, I felt compelled to share my experiences and try to wade through the plethora of misinformation with other physical therapists and healthcare practitioners. Thus, the idea of HPTR Seminars, the continuing education branch of Horizon Physical Therapy, evolved. We held our first course entitled “Running in Slow-Motion: Video Analysis of the Running Athlete” in Atlanta this past Saturday, February 25th. The course was very well received by the participants and I feel blessed with the opportunities that this new venture promises. Future courses are scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee on April 21, 2012, and Birmingham, Alabama on June 23, 2012. Our plan is to branch out to areas outside of the Southeast next year. For more information on the Running in Slow-Motion course, click here.