In this free webinar, Dr. Reed Ferber, internationally recognized as an expert in running biomechanics and running injuries and author of Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis, provides an overview of the most recent research related to patellofemoral pain (PFP) and iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) and how analyzing a runner’s gait biomechanics can help guide their clinical assessment to provide optimal treatment. It is well known that PFP and ITBS are the most common running-related injuries. In many cases, clinicians perform some form of gait analysis to better understand how the patient’s underlying walking and running mechanics are related to aetiology of injury. However, the multifactorial nature of any running injury demands that the clinician be well trained and understand the interrelationships between gait biomechanics, anatomical alignment, muscular strength, and muscular flexibility.
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Reed Ferber, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, is an associate professor in the faculties of kinesiology and nursing at the University of Calgary and cofounder and director of the Running Injury Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since 2003, he and his colleagues at the Running Injury Clinic have been among the world’s leaders in 3-D gait assessment and technology. Ferber received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Oregon in 2001. He is a research associate for the Institute of Sport and Recreation Research in New Zealand and a certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has won several awards in teaching excellence and has authored or coauthored 43 articles appearing in Clinical Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and other publications.