Pre Congress


SHORT COURSE: Gait Retraining for Running Injuries: Focus on the Foot

Date: April 5
Time: Afternoon (exact time to be confirmed)
Venue: Tivoli Hotel
Price: FREE for people registered for the congress and 50 USD for those NOT registered for the congress.

Irene Davis

Irene Davis

Harvard Medical School, Cambridge - United States

The etiology of running injuries is multifactorial, however, faulty gait mechanics have been shown to play a role. The purpose of this workshop is to guide both clinicians and scientists in the process of gait retraining for injured runners.  This workshop will be divided into a lecture and a hands on lab, each approximately 1 hour in duration. 

The lecture portion will begin with a brief review of the literature relating to the relationship between running mechanics and injury, followed by a discussion of published gait retraining studies. There will then be a presentation of videos of individuals with gait deviations to improve observational gait skills.  The gait retraining process will then be described from the preparation phase, through the retraining phase, ending with the outside running phase.  The importance of adhering to motor learning principles will also be reinforced.

The lab portion will begin with some practice videotaping different participants in the course while they run on a treadmill.  We will choose 1-2 of those participants who present with gait deviations and review components of a preparatory phase for them.  We will then work with the participant to alter their gait pattern using visual and auditory feedback.  Finally, we will discuss the progression of the gait retraining program.


Date: April 5th, 2020
Time: 9h00am
Venue: USP – University of São Paulo
Meeting Point: Lobby of Tivolli Hotel at 8 am
Price: FREE for people registered for the congress

Limited places, book during your registration.

The Universidade de São Paulo Medical School is recognized for its pioneering and excellence in teaching and research built on a tradition of more than 100 years. FMUSP offers 4 undergraduate courses: Medicine, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy, and has 1,400 undergraduate students, 1,800 graduate students, 1,600 residents and 374 professors.

The Physical Therapy, Speech and Occupational Therapy department is based on the Universidade de São Paulo Campus, also home of the new spectacular Brasiliana Library. The department is part of the largest scientific health research center in the country, with hundreds of research groups developing intellectual production in several areas.

The Hospital das Clínicas (HC) is part of the Medical School, and it is the largest hospital in Latin America, with more than 1,5 million outpatient visits, over 250,000 emergency room visits, and more than 50,000 surgeries per year. One of its specialized institutes, Orthopedics and Traumatology Institute is a national reference and a pioneer in many areas (spinal cord injuries, reconstructive microsurgery, limb reimplantations, microinvasive fracture surgeries, arthroscopy techniques, endoprosthesis, tissue bank-based reconstructions in large resections of musculoskeletal tumors, traumatology, and patient rehabilitation). It is among the largest hospitals of Orthopedics and Traumatology in Latin America and among the leading research centers in Brazil.

We will provide bus transportation to take a tour in the labs at the Physical Therapy, Speech and Occupational Therapy department, as well as the Brasiliana Library at the USP Campus.

We will also organize an amazing tour to the Orthopedics and Traumatology Institute labs and facilities, in addition to the brand new Weight-Bearing CT laboratory. The Orthopedics and Traumatology Institute tour will leave from the Tivoli Hotel and we will guide you to a Metro transportation to the Institute.

All transportation leaves from the Tivoli Hotel at 8:00 am.

Pre Congress course

It’s time to think differently about footwear

Date: April 5th - Sunday

Keynote session

The Foot Core Paradigm: Let's Think Differently about the Foot

Date: April 8th - Wednesday

Irene Davis

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School
Director, Spaulding National Running Center

Dr. Irene Davis is the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. She received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she served on the faculty for over 20 years.

Dr. Davis’ research has focused on the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury. Her interest in injury mechanics extends to the development of interventions to alter these mechanics through gait retraining. She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates, and is a barefoot runner herself. Along with gait analysis, her research encompasses dynamic imaging and modeling. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures. Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running.

Dr. Davis has been active professionally in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has organized and coordinated international research retreats on topics of the foot and ankle, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.