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Winter Conference 2017, Course ONE of two: Functional movement strategies for the legs, knees & feet: Understanding relationships and optimizing movement

  • 28-Jan-2017
  • 7:15 AM
  • 29-Jan-2017
  • 5:30 PM
  • Best Western Great Northern , Helena, Montana


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Winter Conference: Two Courses 

1. Functional movement strategies for the legs, knees & feet: Understanding relationships and optimizing movement, Gordon Browne PT, GCFP


16 Contact Hours, MT category A 

THis is a TWO day course

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below, or click here for the PDF (live at a later date)

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Provisions include a light continental breakfast both days including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 


  • Best Western Great Northern
  • $137.00 Single or Double occupancy plus taxes for Double Queen Rooms; $147.00 King Rooms plus Taxes; $157.00 King Feature Rooms plus Taxes
  • Rates include deluxe hot breakfast bar and overnight parking
  • Please call 800 829-4047 or 406 457-5500 for reservations prior to January 10, 2017. Please refer to MAPTA for discounted group rates. Please note that group rates may not be available after Jan. 10, 2017.

Board Meeting

January 27, 2017, 6:00pm, Helena.

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by Jan. 7, 2017. Final agenda will be posted by Jan. 18, 2017.



Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members can take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount.


7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA

8:00-12:00 Course, with short break
12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch
2:00-6:30 Course, with short break
7:00 PAC the Lanes


8:00-12:00 Course, with break
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00- 5:30 Course, with break

About the course:

Functional movement strategies for the legs, knees & feet: Understanding relationships and optimizing movement, Gordon Browne PT, GCFP

Course Description:

Movement science and the arcane vocabulary of motor control theory can be a bit dry, but this movement course is down-to-earth, clinician friendly & easily applicable. Discover how poorly organized movement elsewhere contributes to localized musculoskeletal pain, how to facilitate better patient motor planning and how movement changes in response to traumatic injury. Gain a more dynamic perspective on how/why people move and be more creative in how you teach exercise, posture and ergonomics. Use what you know to improve mobility, alignment or strength of the individual parts, but expand your repertoire to integrate the various parts into well-coordinated and functionally relevant whole-body movement synergies. Return to your clinic with innovative new movement strategies to train your patients in recognition and control of the movement and postural strains that cause repetitive stress injuries or that delay recovery from traumatic injury. With an emphasis on immediate clinical application to orthopedic knee, lower leg and foot dysfunction, this fun and interactive movement lab introduces ways of making the exercises we use more informative, more functional and much more effective. So come look at movement through fresh eyes!

Course Objectives

By the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • List the two primary differences between Static & Dynamic Integration based exercise.
  • Define the difference between Global and Differentiated movement or postural patterns and list two examples of each in the lower extremities.
  • List three principles of Optimal Movement and give examples of common lower extremity injuries resulting from sub-optimal movement.
  • Explain these important lower extremity regional relationships and give an example of each in common functional activity; hip abductors/peroneus longus, hip adductors/posterior tibialis, medial hamstrings/adductors and L gluteals/R hip flexors.
  • Explain why these teaching techniques make exercise more “informational”; reciprocating movements, change of venue, goldilocks principle and link to functional context.
  • Demonstrate four variations of Pelvic Force Couple facilitations and list one benefit for each of the following; plantar fasciitis, anterio/lateral ankle impingement, Achilles tendonosis, anterior knee pain, ACL surgery, TKR, meniscal tear, hamstring strain.

Course Outline

Lab sessions include experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance.

Day 1
8:00-9:45—Introduction to Integrated Movement

  • Comparing Dynamic & Static Integration Movement Principles
  • Language of Integrated Movement: Global & Differentiated Relationships
  • Principles of Optimal Movement: Looking Beyond ROM & Strength

10:00-12:00—Lab I: Medial/Lateral Lower Extremity Relationships

  • Asleep at the Wheel Syndrome: Repetitive Stress Injuries & Pattern Recognition
  • Manual Facilitations: Peroneus Longus & Posterior Tibialis Awareness
  • Rotational Knee/Foot Alignment & Stabilization: Movement Reciprocity & Pattern Specificity

2:00-4:00—Lab II: Anterior/Posterior Lower Extremity Relationships

  • Simulating Push-Off: The Gluteal-Hamstring-Gastrocnemius Cascade
  • Ankle/Toe Differentiations & Link to Hip Push Off Muscles: Shin Splints
  • Knee Hyperextension Control: Manual Facilitations & Positional Progressions

4:15-6:30—Lab III: Finding & Maintaining the Tripod Foot

  • Kinematic Linkage: Hip Control of Knee Valgus & Foot Pronation
  • Hip Abductor/Peroneus Longus Synergy—Hip Adductor/Posterior Tibialis Synergy
  • Knee Rotation Control: Manual Facilitations & Awakening the Hamstrings

Day 2

8:00-9:45—Lab IV: Pelvic Force Couple Competence & Balance

  • Cross Pelvic Synergies: The Pelvic Force Couple
  • Recognizing PFC Bias & Effects Down-Chain
  • Alternating 3-Dimentional Hip Movements: Push Off & Landing

10:00-12:00—Lab V: Up/Down Stairs & Inclines

  • Patellar Tracking & Compression Control
  • Knee Valgus Control: The Goldilocks Principle & Introduction of Error
  • Proportional Use of Synergists & Fascio-Skeletal Weight-Bearing

1:00-3:30—Lab VI: Medial/Lateral Knee & Ankle Stabilization

  • Distal Stability & Proximal Mobility: Reversing Origin & Insertion
  • Upping the Ante: Increasing Specificity, Complexity, Speed & Demand
  • End-Game Rehab for Traumatic Injuries: Ankle/Knee Sprains, Fractures & Surgeries

3:45-5:30—Lab VII: Walking, Running, Pivoting & Cutting

  • Drills, Progressions, Putting it All Together
  • Proportional Use of Synergists: Hamstring, Hip Flexor & Adductor Strains/Tears
  • Review & Questions

About the Instructor

Gordon Browne PT, GCFP

Gordon Browne is a Physical Therapist with 25+ years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he has modified and medically articulated the clinical use of various integrated movement systems; the Feldenkrais Method®, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Lecturer for 15+ years and author of two books; “A Manual Therapist’s Guide to Movement” and “Outsmarting Low Back Pain”.

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