Run Better: Strength and Power Development for Endurance Athletes

presented by Jay Dicharry

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What is the best way to run? While the media loves to discuss polarizing headlines such as “everyone must land on their forefoot,” there is a lot more to efficient running form than a foot strike. In this course, participants will use both scientific data and simple analogies to discuss what good running form is. Mobility and stability requirements for proper running will be defined, and optimization of strength training to ensure it directly transfers into better running will be discussed. Optimization of posture and effective integration of posture into daily activities and training will be discussed, and individual case scenarios that highlight key concepts of athlete development will be reviewed. The course concludes by demonstrating exercise progressions that optimize neuro-muscular recruitment for running performance.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

    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. Baby Biomechanics

    1. Baby Biomechanics

    Participants will discuss the need to understand a holistic model of causative mechanics (rather than isolated symptoms) when examining gait. Participants will also explore the need to look past kinematics, and develop a link between the abilities of the athlete and running gait.

  2. Building a Paradigm of Strength and Power

    2. Building a Paradigm of Strength and Power

    Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of mobility, stability, strength, and power as they relate to the running athlete. Participants will also explain how ground reaction force influences the bioenergetics of running and discuss the role of symmetry, body stress, and economy with respect to optimal running form. The chapter concludes by describing how contact style, cadence, contact time, and stiffness influence form, and by applying these concepts to four real-world case scenarios.

  3. Getting to Work

    3. Getting to Work

    Participants will discover how athlete’s symptoms, performance, and objective gait and body metrics are put to work to improve athletic capacity.

  4. Strength and Power Moves for Endurance Athletes

    4. Strength and Power Moves for Endurance Athletes

    Participants will apply specific mobility, stability, strength, and power exercises and drills to optimize athletic capacity, with an understanding of its specific impact on running gait.

  5. Q&A

    5. Q&A

    Participants will discuss common questions regarding the development of strength and power in endurance athletes.