For over 20 years the LBG Biomechanics Summer School has been proud to host what is widely recognised as the world’s premiere Biomechanics conference. Each year the event welcomes a plethora of world recognised lecturers and achieves a sell-out attendance from a diverse clinical background.
The two day event has a ‘hands on feel’ incorporating 8 practical/intimate afternoon workshops in addition to the morning lectures. On the Friday evening there will be an opportunity for you to unwind and network with your fellow professionals at the FREE three course Gala dinner including wine, a feature which always proves to be a success.
Craig Payne completed his Podiatric degree at the New Zealand school of podiatry in 1980. He then went on to complete 18 years of private practice. Widely published in foot biomechanics and foot orthotics, he regularly lectures both nationally and internationally on these topics. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Podiatry at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Craig Payne is also the founder of widely used popular online forum ‘Podiatry Arena’.
Another Biomechanics Summer School passed and another great success in terms of topics covered, lectures delivered and overall atmosphere.
This year, we had an exciting mix of lectures, workshops, interactive sessions, short presentations, a debate and a question and answer session. Certainly, no dull moments in the packed 2 days!
Professor Richard Jones from Salford University started a trio of fantastic presentations given in the first session of Friday morning. His lecture, “Using Clinical Biomechanics in the Return to Sport”, kept audience members transfixed as we listened and watched his captivating slides about the Knee, Ankle and Foot Research Programme at Salford University. While many of us aren’t fortunate enough to have access to such a fantastic gait lab, Professor Jones imparted crucial evidenced based information about dynamic knee valgus tests which can be performed and associated risk factors. We learnt that knee injuries are increasing in the Premier League and that we can only “mitigate risk” rather than prevent injury (until we have more research that is…….)
Dr Kade Paterson from the University of Melbourne continued the topic of injury and knee pain and revealed the latest in research-based management strategies in his lecture “Role of Foot and Lower Limb Biomechanics in Knee Osteoarthritis”. Clearly the research team at his University is leading the field in osteoarthritis management with a plethora of published papers coming out on a regular basis. Again, they have an impressive gait lab and Dr Paterson took us through the biomechanics of knee loading and the effects on the Knee Adduction Moment (KAM). This has featured heavily in the literature over the past decade and pioneered the theory of laterally wedging orthoses to reduce knee pain. Interestingly, we learned that the “pronated foot”, which we see commonly with knee osteoarthritis, may actually be an affect or compensation to alleviate pain rather a causative factor! (and yes… before you ask…. there is evidence to substantiate this)
To complete the trinity of new research, World Class Physiotherapist, Professor Kim Bennell, took to the stage to present “Biomechanical Interventions for knee Osteoarthritis”. A true professional who has led pioneering research which has had major implications on clinical guidelines, Professor Bennell delivered a fantastic presentation critically examining biomechanical interventions. This included an evidence based synopsis of insoles, footwear, walking aids, gait modifications, weight loss, unloader braces & importantly …. exercise. This lecture was an absolute must for any clinician who sees patients with lower limb osteoarthritis.
After a short coffee break, we welcomed a change of topic with an excellent and engaging lecture from Professor Sarah Curran. Moving a little distally from the previous lectures, Professor Curran discussed “Chronic Ankle Instability: Classification and Management”. Sprained ankles are endemic over all populations and often overlooked which is what made this presentation so fascinating. Classification, pathophysiology and management for chronic ankle instability were all covered in depth but what really helped the busy clinician in the audience was Professor Curran’s attention to practical assessments. Certainly, plenty to take home and apply to practice from this talk.
Podiatry household name – Dr Eric Fuller finished the morning lectures with a great presentation examining The Painful 1st MPJ. A fountain of knowledge with over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr Fuller has been with us through the transition and evolution of biomechanics theories. Indeed, he was one of the driving forces (no pun intended!) behind the establishment of “Tissue Stress Theory”, a paradigm which has changed practice for many of us. We sat back and enjoyed Dr Fuller’s lecture and were reminded of the importance of understanding the physics behind it all!
The afternoon workshop sessions were packed with more hands-on practical’s and technical equipment than we’ve seen for a few years at Summer School! Fellow MSK Podiatrist Edward Henstridge from Total Foot Health in Salisbury led an exciting and information packed session on ultrasound with various machines for delegates to get stuck into! Edward was supported by well-loved, and very knowledgeable, Podiatric Surgeon, Lyndon Jones. Together they delivered a fantastic workshop which really gave delegates something to think about.
Along the corridors, Dr Paterson gave a fantastic workshop to assess and treat foot osteoarthritis, Dr Fuller kept it real with a tissue stress approach to orthotic prescription and Professor Jones brought along a very impressive force plate. After 3 hours of workshops all speakers had certainly earned a large cold beer!!
Kick starting the 2nd day Dr Simon Spooner and Dr Eric Fuller teamed up to deliver an entertaining and informative presentation titled “Mechanical Modelling for the Busy Clinician” No hangovers allowed here because they picked audience members to partake in their demonstrations. Together, we all looked at force coupling, quasi static analysis including the effects of increased cadence. Fascinating stuff, especially when the experts are carrying it out!
Dr Simon Spooner followed on later in the morning with a lecture titled “Gait Re-training in the Treatment of Running Related Injuries” His reputation proceeds him and as always, Dr Spooner didn’t fail to impress with his wealth of knowledge and direct approach to biomechanics. Constantly engaging the audience where possible, his slides linked evidence, practical applicability and physics to understand the pros and cons, do’s and don’ts of gait retraining. The real take home message here is that there is no one size fits all and if there’s no pain…. Don’t fix it!
Professor Bennell and Professor Curran also gave more engaging lectures on the Saturday morning titled “Patient Centred Care for the Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions” and Patellofemoral Joint Pain: Macro versus Micro pathology” respectively. As with the previous day, both ladies gave very informative information on their chosen topics with heavy emphasis on clinical applicability. Many delegates later commented on how these 2 lectures would influence their future practice.
It wasn’t all lectures and workshops, the debate featured the lateral wedging conundrum faced by many clinicians, the question and answer session was a great opportunity for delegates to have their say and there was also an interactive questionnaire app led by MSK Podiatrist Ian Sadler which addressed delegates thoughts on the future of the Podiatry profession in this country. Ian kindly relayed the results back to us with some interesting feedback to follow on with. To conclude the conference, each speaker gave a 5-minute free speech precis of their contribution to Summer School giving delegates the perfect opportunity to note down key messages…… CPD at its best!
All in all, this was yet another outstanding Biomechanics conference. For those of you who missed it, don’t miss next years because we already have another fantastic line up of speakers …….. and another superstar yet to announce……
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