Running Footwear: Shoes Impact Form, and Form Impacts Shoes

presented by Jay Dicharry

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Running shoes have seen quite the evolution. Early thin and flexible designs have morphed into stiff and bulky shoes, and are now moving toward the middle of the road. Which is best? Where is the evidence for these changes? How do you match running shoes to an individual runner? Footwear is typically part of a comprehensive treatment program, and it is critical that clinicians understand the effects of footwear in order to prescribe the right tool for their patients. In this course, Jay Dicharry examines relevant research and draws on clinical experience to build participants' knowledge, and help participants select the right tool for the job. Ensure that you are running in your shoes rather than your shoes running you!

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. Debunking Industry Lore

    1. Debunking Industry Lore

    Participants will review the history of shoes, identify classic footwear categories and how they match up with foot type, and review the conventional tests used to prescribe footwear. Participants will then understand why these categories are not supported by the research, and debunk conventional footwear classification.

  2. How Footwear Affects Gait

    2. How Footwear Affects Gait

    Participants will understand the research in barefoot and shod running gait, identify the four aspects of conventional shoes that impact gait, and discuss how heel height impacts running. In this chapter participants will also learn the impact of posting on knee kinetics and arthritis, be able to describe the impact of midsole stiffness on gait and stability, and describe shoe wear and its effects on gait. This chapter will conclude by providing essential criteria for shoe prescription.

  3. Picking the Right Shoe, and Transitioning into Different Shoes

    3. Picking the Right Shoe, and Transitioning into Different Shoes

    Participants will identify essential criteria to transition patients into different shoe types, and apply foot mobility and stability assessments to shoe prescription. Participants will also be introduced to shoe trends looking forward, and the need to answer the right questions about shoe prescription moving forward.