I just got back from the first symposium on the world of running medicine and running injury treatment. It was an unusual symposium. Most top notch symposiums are boring because the recited research presented is dry scientific material. Doctors and researchers presenting the studies with every detail of how the study was conducted and etc..
Sometimes you notice some listeners fall asleep. This one was quite different. There were only four presenters. Three of whom are top running researchers and clinicians with combined experience treating runners, conducting research in runners injuries and running biomechanics of fifty five years. There are no bigger names in the world of running medicine then Christopher Powers PT PHD (clinical professor of biomechanics of USC, director of movement performance institute of LA and my personal teacher). Chris has conducted over a hundred research studies in the area of sports injuries and running injuries and how to treat injured runners. He is considered the world’s authority on running injury treatment, sport injury prevention and patella-femoral pain syndrome. Irene Davis PT PHD, currently a director of National Institute of running at Harvard University. Irene has also published over a hundred research studies and articles in scientific journals. She is considered the world’s authority on running retraining, foot biomechanics and barefoot running. Brian Hidershide is a young researcher from the University of Wisconsin who is considered a world’s expert on treatment and management of running injuries by manipulation of spatio-temporal parameters.
This symposium was designed in such a way that each of the presenters had to argue their approach based on scientific evidence. This was a very vibrant meeting with a very bright audience of sports medicine physicians and physios from around the globe. There was a wealth of information presented on such topics as: clinical examination of injured runners, running biomechanics, computerized gait analysis, running retraining, forefoot vs. rear foot strike, runners’ dystonia, running shoe wear, runners injuries and most optimal approach to treatment, running form and efficiency retraining. It was very well done and organized. I can’t wait for next year to find out what other methods of running injury treatment will be discussed.