Course Date: 4/2/2016
Course Location: The PT Center 1730 Dickerson Blvd, Suite 1 Monroe, NC 28110
Christopher Johnson, PT, DPT, ITCA
Chris completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor of science with distinction while completing a senior thesis in the physical therapy department under Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Chris was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team, scholar athlete, captain in 2000, and recipient of the Lee J Hyncik award for excellence in athletics and academics. He remained at the University of Delaware to earn a degree in physical therapy while completing an orthopedic/sports graduate fellowship under Dr. Michael J. Axe of First State Orthopedics. Following graduation, he relocated to New York City to work at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma of Lenox Hill Hospital as a physical therapist and researcher. He remained there for the ensuing eight years until 2010 when he opened his own physical therapy and performance facility, Chris Johnson PT, in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. In May 2013, Chris and his wife relocated from New York City to Seattle to pursue a more active, outdoor lifestyle. In addition to being a physical therapist, Chris is a certified triathlon coach (ITCA), three-time All American triathlete, two time Kona Qualifier, and is currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. Chris is also extensively published in the medical literature and has a monthly column on Ironman and an elaborate youtube channel.
Francois Prizinski, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC
Dr. Francois Prizinski grew up in Morgantown, WV where he went to Physical Therapy school at WVU graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in 2005. He attended Temple University for his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 (DPT). During this time he placed an emphasis in the area of Orthopedics and attained recognition by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics in 2007.
Practicing in the Pittsburgh area since 2005, Francois has placed greater emphasis on the study Orthopedic manual therapy. He enrolled in Sports Medicine of Atlanta s Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, which allowed him to specialize in Medical Screening, and attained Certification in Direct Access Physical Therapy (DAC), and in Australian based Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT). In May of 2012, Francois has received Fellowship recognition by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (FAAOMPT). Francois is one of a very few physical therapists with his type of training and credentials which allows him to solve movement based problems in a very successful manner. Francois diagnoses movement dysfunctions of the spine and extremities and retrains faulty & compensated movement patterns. He often refers to himself as the movement guy.
Francois joined The Orthopedic Group team in 2012 to form a comprehensive Sports & Spine Care Division and collaborates with Physical Medicine in the areas of diagnostic ultrasound, plasma injection therapy, and differential movement diagnosis. Currently, Francois is involved on the teaching faculty at Sports Medicine of Atlanta’s Manual Therapy Fellowship Program and participates in clinical research, teaching, and mentoring clinicians in movement science.
The Athletes Mind is an amazing product of human possibility. With the emergence of advanced imaging techniques, our understanding pain science, and neuroplasticity, we can offer a comprehensive introduction of rehabilitation perspectives for the athlete and chronic pain suffers alike. This course will introduce the brain circuitry errors that occur in pain sufferers and the management scheme to induce adaptive neuroplasticity for optimal motor output and human performance. This course covers perspectives in the running athlete along with principles behind strengthening to induce cortical change. The course expands from a biopsychosocial approach to motor control which contains significant clinically relevant content to apply immediately into practice.
8:00-9:00am Parietal Frontal Circuits: Intention and Motor Planning in Athletes
9:00-10:00am Running, Pain, Sensitivity, Ecosystem
10:15-11:00am Performance demands of running
11:00-12:00pm Clinical examination of a runner in pain
1:00-2:00pm Simple treadmill analysis
2:00-3:00pm Smudging and Muscle Physiology
3:15-5:00pm Manual therapy Input to Functional Chains
5:00-5:30pm Summary of Graded Exposure to Athletes
1.) Participants will apply the MIP Algorithm to develop manual therapy treatment based in structured case based lab to optimize outcomes in strengthening with emphasis on the running athlete.
2.) Participants will correctly identify errors in motor planning in painful movement patterns in patients with chronic pain or athletes in pain.
3.) Participants will describe various muscle physiology principles that apply to altering input to the premotor cortex.
4.) Participants will formulate a movement diagnosis based on synergistic patterns of movement to formulate a treatment plan.
5.) Participants will learn how manual therapy techniques offer input to alter the motor plan.
6.) Participants will possess a basic understanding of the biomechanics, EMG, kinematics, and kinetics of walking and running.
7.) Participants will be familiar with the incidence and risk factors of running related injuries and the regions most likely to be affected as a function of ability.
8.) Participants will highlight key running related research and impact papers that have been published in recent years.
9.) Participants will learn to correctly identify the severity and drivers of a running related injury while being able to screen for red flags.
10.) Develop an understanding of specific open and closed chain exercises as well as motor control drills and progressions to build running specific strength and stability.
11.) Learn compound strengthening exercises to improve one’s running economy and rate of force development.
12.) Learn about the implications of strike pattern and footwear as they relate to injury and performance.
13.) Discuss when and how to conduct a head to toe running gait analysis as well as simple evidence based interventions for common running related injuries.
14.) Learn to incorporate a return to running program by applying a graded exposure model to safely return runners back to training and competition.