Annual Conference November 16-17

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Annual Conference November 16-17

Time & Location

Nov 16, 2019, 12:00 PM – Nov 17, 2019, 3:30 PM
Jefferson Memorial Hospital, 300 S Preston St, Ranson, WV 25438

About The Event


Dr Mark Cucuzzella, Professor West Virginia University School of Medicine

Local Host: 

West Virginia University   Two Rivers Treads TrueForm Running


Two Rivers Treads 400 S. Mildred St Ranson WV 

Jefferson Medical Center 300 S. Preston St Ranson WV 

Course Description:

HealthFit U for medical and fitness professionals focuses on the energetics of running, running skill, injury evaluation and treatment, and nutrition for health and performance. Content is evidence based with numerous case scenarios, active drills and exercise, and practical workshops to apply concepts.

Day one sessions include the anthropologic basis of running, aerobic development, recovery principals and practice, overtraining syndrome, coordination and peaking, nutrition for health and performance, drills, and manual therapy. The day also includes medical issues for runners, including heat illness, cardiac, physiology, and emerging concepts in nutrition for health and performance.

Day two examines the injured runner, biomechanics, and clinical evaluation of mobility and strength. The workshop assesses running from a clinical perspective, prescription of strength, mobility, and gait cues based on specific findings. Stability, core work, mobility and stretching principles are addressed. The role of footwear on runners is examined, including the evolution of running shoes, design, technology and the relationship to injury. The afternoon workshop addresses strength training, range of motion/mobility and motor function. We will use the innovative TrueForm Runner in our sessions.

Variations of this course have been presented for Continuing Medical Education at Universities and 

Sports Performance facilities all over the US and Internationally, the Pentagon, the Andrews Institute in Florida, and at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. Staff have presented selected course content at over 50 military bases and numerous medical conferences and teaching universities internationally. Dr. Maffetone has published over 20 books on health and sports science and Dr. Cucuzzella just released his book “Run for Your Life” which focuses on all aspects of achieving a life with health and pain free running.

Target Audience:

Primary care physicians, physical therapists, sports medicine and rehabilitation physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, athletic trainers, coaches, and other professionals interested in maintaining and proofing the health of runners.

Continuing Education Credit:

The Berkeley Medical Center is accredited by the West Virginia State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Berkeley Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category1 credit(s) TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the West Virginia State Medical Association through joint provider ship of Berkeley Medical Center & Healthy Running.  The Berkeley Medical Center is accredited by WVSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

For Physical Therapists PROCERT has approved the course for 10 CEU hours. 



Course registration is available on-line at .  Go to “seminars” tab.

Confirmation & Cancellation Policy:

Upon receipt of registration and payment, you will receive confirmation by email. Refunds will be given if request is received in writing a minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of a conference. $50 Cancellation fee will be apply for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the first day of a course.

Goals & Objectives:

After this course, the participant should be able to:

• Discuss the pathophysiological process behind running injuries and the new treatment concepts relating to these  


• Improve his\her clinical efficiency through a better knowledge of objective diagnostic assessments and their place in the 

        clinical exam of an injured runner. 

• Discuss the new theories behind tissue stress, adaptation and preventive stress.  

• Recognize the relationship between running biomechanics and the risk of injuries. 

• Build a program to help an injured runner return to running using the theoretical principles relating to different energy 

        systems, cross-training and warm-up.

• Discuss the science behind running shoe technology, plantar orthoses, flexibility and strengthening in the prevention and 

        treatment of running injuries. 

• Discuss the science and practical application of aerobic development, speed training, and periodization. 

• Describe the principles and be able to teach efficient running form including supplemental drills. 

• Evaluate a patient for movement dysfunction during a clinical visit and provide simple corrective measures.              

• Discuss clinical Injury assessment and exam and specific corrective exercises. 

• Describe practical gait analysis, cues, and corrections. 

• Discuss Nutrition for health and performance.

• Prescribe footwear to complement the patient’s current movement pattern and how to safely transition them to more 

        functional footwear


Dr Mark Cucuzzella and Dr Phil Maffetone have nothing to disclose

Contact Information:

DAY 1:  Sat September 29:  

Jefferson Medical Center- 300 S. Preston St Ranson WV

11: 30 am Registration 

12:00       Intros and Why We Run: psychology and anthropology of running

12:30            Aerobic Development

  1:30               The role of intensity, coordination, and peaking

  2:00               Aging, recovery, overtraining syndrome

  2:30               Medical issues-cardiac, heat, hydration



3:00 – 5: 00     3 Rotating stations      

                                -Posture, stability and mobility

                                -Manual Biofeedback

                                -Form drills to re-enforce motor skills: warm up and cool down

5:00                 Nutrition for health and performance

6:00                 END DAY ONE

6:00                 Optional easy group run


DAY 2 Sunday September 30: 

Two Rivers Treads- 400 S. Mildred St Ranson WV

8:30 am           Sign in

9:00          Intro to strategy for assessing the injured runner

10:00               Biomechanics of running

11:00              Gait Training

12:00N     Lunch- Footwear Discussion

1:00                 Strength Training 

2:00        Creating an effective plan of care

2:30 Q & A

3:30        END PROGRAM: Evaluations



"I can honestly say this course was a real help to my physical therapy practice and running clinics." 

"I love Dr. Mark's positive energy, his depth and breadth of knowledge, his attitude of “always learning,” his generosity in giving credit to others, his ability to demonstrate exercises and his attitude of “making it fun” and going for the “monkey bars”.  

"I cannot express enough how much of an impact it has made on my life. Course left me with something to ponder and change in my life."

"Firstly in my personal training – I ran a race on the weekend after the course and went into it with a whole lot of new ‘tools’. From foot strike to pushing off with my big toe to positive thoughts, nutrition, the list goes on … I won the race but most importantly it was the best race I have ever run!"

“Awesome course! Jam-packed with eye-opening and high yield info both for my personal benefit and for my clinical practice -- can't wait to put this all to use! Thanks!”

“Absolutely outstanding course overall - lectures, resource provided, interactive nature, up to date/cutting edge concepts and approachability of speakers, "no" fluff, but concentrated, incredibly useful/ applicable information. Privileged to have participated.”

“Amazing course! Very relevant to both my practice and me. This course was put together and executed perfectly. The only downside is that it was at times a bit beyond my comprehension level.”

  • General Admission - No CME/CEU

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