Long Distance Running PT Continuing Education

Evaluation, Treatment, and Return to Sport Strategies for the Long Distance Running Athlete


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Course Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

Over the past decade, half marathons and marathons have exploded into the sports world. With millions more participating in long distance events the number of injured athletes has been steadily rising. As more and more people, many of which with minimal running experience, enter the running arena therapists are more challenged than ever to find way to effectively diagnose, treat, and return runners to their high levels of competition. This course provides the learner an overview of the current running landscape and the evidence based approach to provide an effective rehabilitation strategy.

Course Outline

Evaluation, Treatment, and Return to Sport Strategies for the Long Distance Running Athlete Outline 3 Hours
1. Learn current trends in long distance running
a. Current running landscape
b. Running styles
c. Shoes
d. Orthotics
e. Supplements
f. Common training regiments
2. Develop an evaluation methodology for the long distance running athlete
a. Focus on history
b. Injury predictors
c. Runner assessment
i. Baseline / Static Testing
ii. Dynamic Testing
1. Neurodynamic
2. Single leg dynamic
3. Landing technique
3. Objectively assess running gait
a. Rear Foot Striking
b. Forefoot striking
c. Barefoot running
4. Understand the research behind the runner
a. Forefoot vs. heel strike
b. Ground reaction forces
c. Affect of marathons on knee joint
d. Shoe assessment
e. Graded running protocols
f. Clinical hang ups
i. Arthritis
ii. IT band tightness
iii. Lumbar pathology
5. Create treatment strategies for the long distance running athlete
a. Understanding affect of age
b. Importance of fully assessing the athlete
c. Decrease pain
d. Improve quality of tissue
e. Address muscular deficits
f. Improve symmetry
g. Improve shock absorption of the lower quarter (particularly feet)
h. Correct neuromuscular activation patterns
i. Instruct appropriate running technique
6. Develop an outline for an effective return to running program
a. Extent of previous injuries
b. Running experience
c. Upcoming events
d. Environment
e. Resources

Course Objectives:

Throughout the course the learner will achieve this objective through the following:

  • Learn current trends in long distance running
  • Develop an evaluation methodology for the long distance running athlete
  • Objectively assess running gait
  • Understand the research behind the runner
  • Create treatment strategies for the long distance running athlete
  • Develop an outline for an effective return to running program

Presenter: Keith J. Cronin, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Keith J. Cronin is a physical therapist in the St. Louis, MO area. Keith graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Belmont University and later earned his Orthopedic Certification Specialist (OCS). Prior to graduate school Keith was a collegiate baseball player and top-level high school cross country runner. Keith also had the opportunity to coach legion baseball and work as a sports personal trainer before pursuing his career in physical therapy. In 2008, Keith was a winner of the Olin Business Cup at Washington University for his product innovation “Medibite” a jaw rehabilitation system designed to improve the outcomes for individuals suffering TMJ dysfunction. Keith has focused his career on the evaluation, treatment, injury prevention, and sports conditioning strategies for athletes, with particular attention to youth sports. Keith is the expert writer for rehabilitation and injury prevention for MomsTEAM.com, a website and organization dedicated educating sports parents and coaches. In 2012, Keith participated in a concussion education program in Newcastle, OK that resulted in the documentary “The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer” currently airing on PBS worldwide. Keith was also featured on Fox2News four times in 2013 for various topics, including ACL injury prevention and concussions in youth football. Keith has also been published in a variety of media, including Suite.101.com, Advanced Magazine, and The 9s Magazine, as well as speaking events for the American Coaching Academy and the Eastern Missouri chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (MOATPA). Clinically, Keith works closely with a pediatric orthopedic group to provide the best advances in rehabilitation and injury prevention for young athletes, not only through evidenced based medicine but through effective communication and education to parents, coaches, and athletes.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all PTwebucation.com courses.

This course is presented in an online video format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture, videos and all written material, is 3 hours.


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