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2023 Winter Conference: Restoring load capacity in the athlete with lower extremity relative overuse injuries, Rich Willy, PT, PhD

  • 28-Jan-2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • 29-Jan-2023
  • 2:45 PM
  • Butte, Montana
  • 0


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Winter Conference: Restoring load capacity in the athlete with lower extremity relative overuse injuries

Presented by Rich Willy, PT, PhD

14 Contact Hours, MT category A 

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Meeting and accommodations: Copper King Hotel, Butte Montana. Please call 406-533-6960 and request the Montana Physical Therapy rate and block, $137++. This rate ends DECEMBER 22, 2022, so please book early to get this reduced rate. 

Committees and Board Meeting

Jan. 27, 2023:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  site TBA

Business Meeting

Business meeting will be held at noon on Saturday, January 28, 2022, at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Emily Herndon by January 9, 2023. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by January 18, 2023.

Cancellation Policy

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

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via 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. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take this course at a rate discounted by 50% of the member and non-member rate, if there is space available prior to the start of the course. Group Code: APTAStudent (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a student using this code).

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, please use code APTALifetime (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a lifetime member using this code).



7:15 - 8:00am Professional Issues Forum (APTA MT). Topic TBA

8:00am - 12noon Course(s) with break, see details below

12:00pm - 1:50pm APTA MT Business meeting and luncheon

2:00pm - 6:00pm Course(s) with break, see details below

6:15pm - Hosted reception following the course. 


7:30am - 11:30am course with break, see details below

12noon - 2:45pm course continues, see details below

About the course:

Course Description:

This course is a two-day (14 hour) course that emphasizes putting the latest evidence into practice to provide innovative solutions for the athletes with relative overuse injuries. Diagnoses to be included will include patellofemoral pain, iliotibial band pain, and the most common lower limb tendinopathies including patellar, Achilles, gluteal, and proximal hamstring tendinopathies, as well as plantar fasciopathy. The course will also cover the most common bone stress injuries of the lower limb, including tibia, metatarsal, navicular bone stress injuries. Specific training load prescription and strength and conditioning practices to both prevent and treat various injuries is a foundation of this course. Overall, there will be an emphasis on hands-on, laboratory experiences of the didactic components of this course so that attendees can immediately put into practice newly learned skills. Case studies will be used throughout the course to provide relevant examples.

Course Objectives:

Course Agenda:


8:00-9:00 Introduction and foundational principles of loading of bone and tendon

9:00:10:00 Patellofemoral pain

10:00-10:15 Break

11:00-12:00 Iliotibial band pain

12:00-2:00 APTA Business Meeting Luncheon

2:00-2:30 Patellar tendinopathy

2:30-3:00 Gluteal tendinopathy

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:15 Lab: Evaluation of the knee

4:15-5:30 Lab: Therapeutic interventions for patellofemoral pain, iliotibial band pain, Patellar tendinopathy, and gluteal tendinopathy

5:30-6:00 Questions and discussion


7:30-8:45 Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciopathy

8:45-9:45 Lab: Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciopathy examination

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Lab: Therapeutic interventions for Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciopathy

11:30-12:00 Risk factors for bone stress injuries

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:45 Prevention and treatment of bone stress injuries

1:45-2:30 Lab: Examination and treatment principles: bone stress injuries

2:30-2:45 Questions and wrap-up

About the Speaker

Dr. Rich Willy is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA) and the Director of the Montana Running Lab. He received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his Master’s of Physical Therapy from Ohio University. Dr. Willy has been a clinician for over 20 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. He has presented on lower extremity injuries to multiple Olympic sports medicine staffs from around the world as well as to the National Basketball Association. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers primarily on two populations: endurance runners and tactical athletes. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for individuals with patellofemoral pain, Achilles tendon injuries, and bone stress injuries. His research has been funded by the United States Department of Defense and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. He and his work are regularly featured in Runner’s World and Outside Magazine. Dr. Willy treats runners and athletes of all levels, from the new runner to the elite competitor.

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