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The Movement System: Advanced Running Assessment and Treatment

presented by Jared Vagy

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Financial: Jared Vagy receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial: Jared Vagy is a TheraBand Academy Speaker.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will utilize the movement system as a framework to assess advanced running biomechanics. You will improve your movement assessment skills by learning concepts of speed of force generation, maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC), closed kinetic chain testing, mirroring movement, and cross body assessment. Based on your movement observations and biomechanics knowledge, you will then learn how to provide running-specific treatments to correct inefficient movement.

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Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Vagy received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California (USC). He has completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in movement science. Dr. Vagy is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy in the DPT program at USC. He has published three books and numerous articles…

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1. Advanced Running Assessment

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy teaches you joint angle normative values during the running cycle, factors that influence running mechanics, and a movement system model for analyzing and treating running injuries. You will be introduced to concepts of speed of force generation, closed kinetic chain testing, mirroring movement, and cross body assessment. Learn how to integrate these advanced orthopedic assessments with running biomechanics to determine hypothesized impairments. This will enable you to treat the identified impairment and return the patient to running without pain.

2. Dynamometry and Speed of Force Generation

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy teaches how to utilize dynamometry to calculate maximal voluntary isometric contraction and use concepts of speed of force generation in the assessment and treatment of a runner. You will learn how to capture the acceleration component of force with impulse muscle testing and how to match your assessments and treatments to the cadence of the running cycle. Learn how to apply these concepts into a clinical case of a runner with medial knee pain during the absorption phase of the running cycle.

3. Closed Kinetic Chain Testing and Cross Body Assessment

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy teaches how to utilize concepts of closed kinetic chain muscle testing and cross body assessments. You will learn how to perform muscle tests in the closed kinetic chain to simulate the muscular demands during the running cycle. You will further learn how mobility deficits on one side of the body can affect running mechanics on the contralateral side. Learn how to apply these concepts to clinical cases of runners with lower quarter pain during both the stance and swing phases of the running cycle.

4. Mirroring Movement

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces a case that highlights the importance of replicating running phase positions during assessment and treatment. The case involves a runner who has anterior hip pain during the swing phase. Learn how to develop orthopedic assessments that mirror both the propulsion and swing phases of running. Treat the identified impairment with exercise that replicates the affected running phase position.

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