Connecting the Dots: A Clinician’s Role in Endurance Sports Performance

presented by Jay Dicharry

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This course lays a foundation that is critical for the acute and long term success in caring for the endurance athlete. First the course will take a broad look at the stresses athletes impose on themselves during training, and discuss how this load impacts the care clinicians provide. Secondly, we’ll narrow our scope to assess how specific tissues within the body adapt and interact to stresses. At the end of this course, the clinician should have a working knowledge of the extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting successful rehab, injury prevention, and performance planning with this challenging population. Its critical that clinicians integrate themselves as the expert resource on musculoskeletal development and can interact and educate the athletes and coaches who make up our comprehensive performance network.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

    Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Jay wrote a book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay has had an active research career, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues at Rebound, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Understand the Body, Understand the Sport

    1. Understand the Body, Understand the Sport

    Understand the rationale for tissue dysfunction that contributes to injury and performance. Understand the compounding effects of deficient stabilization and compensatory overuse patterns that individuals build into their activity. Develop a working hypothesis to best target the weak link. Progress clinical thought process from the exam room to functional sport training.

  2. Tissue Specificity

    2. Tissue Specificity

    Be able to apply the load-deformation curve as it relates to stress, strain, and tissue remodeling. Understand the unique role of the structural alignment of collagen. Have a working understanding of the impact of training on tissue specificity, highlighting the capacity of each respective tissue within the body to adapt.

  3. Q&A

    3. Q&A

    Discuss common questions regarding the clinician's role in endurance sports performance.