Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter
Implications for the Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA


April 20-21, 2024 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)




Altered lower quarter mechanics can frequently contribute to various musculoskeletal conditions. Understanding how abnormal limb function can contribute to the mechanisms of specific joint dysfunction is essential for the evaluation and treatment of common orthopaedic disorders. This evidence-based course will review the anatomy and mechanics of the lower kinetic chain, particularly in relation to specific pathologies of the ankle, knee and hip. Emphasis will be placed on current research findings in the areas of gait analysis, lower limb function, and joint biomechanics. Implications for the evaluation and treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions will be addressed.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the foot/ankle, knee and hip.
  2. Describe the normal interactions of the hip, knee, ankle and foot during functional movements.
  3. Describe common lower movement impairments during functional movements.
  4. Describe the current research literature related to the mechanisms of lower extremity injury.
  5. Plan appropriate treatment interventions based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.

Day 1
8:00-9:00        Introduction & Overview
9:00-10:00      Movement analysis in the musculoskeletal setting
10:00-10:15    Break
10:15-12:00    Pathomechanics of the lower quarter
12:00-1:00      Lunch
1:00-2:00        Functional evaluation of lower quarter pathomechanics
2:00-3:00        Movement impairments related overuse injuries of the foot & ankle
3:00-3:15        Break
3:15-5:00        Movement impairments related overuse injuries of the knee

Day 2
8:00-10:00      Movement impairments related to patellofemoral pain
10:00-10:15    Break
10:15-11:15    Movement impairments related to overuse injuries of the hip
11:15-12:00    Movement impairments related to low back pain
12:00-1:00      Lunch
1:00-3:00        Intervention strategies for lower extremity movement impairments
3:00-3:15        Break
3:15-5:00        Therapeutic exercise and progression: A proximal approach



Additional information
  • All courses approved for CEU’s through the California Physical Therapy Association
  • Courses are limited to 32 participants on a first come, first served basis
  • There are many hotels on Century Blvd at LAX that are within walking distance of MPI (Concourse, Sheraton, Marriott Courtyard, Hilton). In addition, most hotels have a free shuttle to and from the hotel and all airline terminals so there is no need to rent a car.
Course registration

Complete the Registration form and send a check to the address listed (made payable to MPI). Credit card payment can be taken over the phone (310-670-6683)

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancellation is received >21 days before the course date.
Full refund less 25% if cancellation is received 8-21 days before the course date.
Full refund less 50% if cancellation is received within 7 days of the course date.