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Biomechanical Assessment of the Hip and Pelvis - Maywood, IL - June 8-9, 2019

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14
In Biomechanical Assessment of the Hip & Pelvis, the participant will learn to apply foundational and high-level principles of sports medicine to rehabilitation, evaluation, and treatment approaches. These principles apply not only to competitive athletes, but also across the life span of the active patient who can benefit from detailed biomechanical and movement analysis. This two-day orthopedic course is designed to elevate the participant’s skill level through advanced training in hip and pelvic biomechanics, functional kinetic chain “slings” created by the muscular system in series, and through use of sports medicine theory and applied science.

Participants will learn a system for application of detailed evaluation techniques utilizing video assisted observation, assessment of joint mechanics, and functional kinematic evaluation. Excellent videos of patients performing a variety of skills are provided for case examples. Abundant lab opportunities will focus on video analysis, kinesiology concepts, movement analysis, joint-specific assessment, "Manual Movement Therapy," and exercise prescription. Within this functional and specific assessment approach, therapists will be able to identify pathomechanics of the hip and pelvic complex. Also included in this continuing education course is a method for evaluating and addressing dysfunction in the muscular dynamic kinetic chain sling system; biomechanical assessment and therapeutic intervention will consider the myofascial sling as it relates to optimal performance and to functional total limb movement.

Specific dysfunctions will be discussed in this biomechanics course including hip dysfunction such as femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI, sports hernia or athletic pubalgia, and labral tears. There will also be an emphasis on how the hip and pelvis is a crucial component to successfully conquering patellofemoral dysfunctions. Procedural interventions will be discussed including hip arthroscopy and athletic pubalgia (sports hernia) repairs. Towards rehabilitation of these dysfunctions, the therapist will learn very specific therapeutic exercises, functional movement retraining, and current hip rehabilitation approaches. Come and learn about applied theories of "Pelvic Balancing" and "Manual Movement Therapy." The instructor's extensive experience in working with professional athletes is shared and concepts learned in the class can be immediately applied in the clinic with high-level athletes as well as patients who have any type of movement dysfunction of the pelvic-hip complex. This is a dynamic non-conventional sports medicine approach to biomechanical analysis. Physical therapists are being challenged by ancillary professions such as personal trainers, muscle activation therapists (MAT), and performance specialists all who are using different styles of movement analysis and screening. This course will focus on developing the clinician’s skill set with regard to movement analysis and ultimately functional performance either in sport or ADLs!  This is not a course for just athletes, you’ll be amazed at the applications to children and our geriatric clients.  Human movement is universal, how we use that movement varies throughout the life span.  This course is targeted to the sports medicine practitioner in the outpatient clinic as much as it is to the pelvic health practitioner who doesn’t treat any athletes.  The exercises will be applicable to all groups at all levels, you will have fun as Dr. Dischiavi challenges your traditional mindset with some unique ways at looking at human movement.



This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.





Required Readings:


Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions, goals, manual orientation
8:30 Hip & Pelvis: Anatomy & Biomechanics
10:00 Break
10:15 Hip & Pelvis: Kinesiology and Video Analysis
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Hip & Pelvis: Movement Analysis Lab
4:00 Breaks as needed
5:00 Athletic Pubalgia (Sports Hernia): Medical and Rehabilitation Approach
5:30 Case study, questions/wrap-up, Day 2 intro
6:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Q and A from Day 1
8:30 Introduction to Manual Movement Therapy
10:00 Break
10:15 Dynamic Kinetic Chain Integration: Lab
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Dynamic Kinetic Chain Integration: Exercise
2:15 Break
2:30 Lab continued
3:15 Questions, Case Ctudies
4:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the functional anatomy of the hip and pelvis as it applies to the biomechanics of human movement.
2. Assess the muscular and myofascial elements of the functional hip and pelvic slings needed for optimal athletic performance.
3. Understand and apply the concepts of Pelvic Balancing and Manual Movement Therapy in the evaluation, prevention, maintenance, treatment and rehabilitation of hip and pelvic pathologies utilizing a sports medicine philosophy.
4. Develop creative and innovative “sling-based” exercise strategies for effective use in the clinic and for home program.
5. Discuss the most current surgical approaches for the sports hernia and how it relates to sports injuries.
6. List current rehabilitation principles for labral injury repair.
7. Design treatment plans for conditions affecting the hip and pelvic complex including femoroacetabular impingement, as well as the importance of the hip in LE mechanical patellofemoral dysfunction.
8. Utilize video and observational analysis in the diagnosis of movement dysfunction.
9. Apply sports medicine science and kinesiology to clinical conditions affecting the hip and pelvis.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

2160 S 1st Ave
Maywood, IL 60625
Recommended Lodging

Residence Inn Chicago Oak Brook

790 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Nearest Airport

O'Hare International Airport
Airport Code: ORD

10000 W O'Hare Ave
Chicago, IL 60666


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)


Steve Dischiavi, MPT, DPT, ATC, COMT, CSCS


Dr. Steven Dischiavi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University.  He is also the Director of Rehabilitation for the Department of Athletics at HPU. Dr. Dischiavi brings over 20 years of experience in sports medicine to Herman & Wallace, including 10 years with a professional sports team. Dr. Dischiavi served as the team physical therapist and certified assistant athletic trainer for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League from 2004 to 2014, where he gained a specialized treatment approach for the hip and pelvis, which is very applicable to the pelvic health practitioner.  His sports medicine approach to the pelvic floor and hip, combined with the innovative therapeutic exercises that target a global neuromotor movement pattern, will be something the pelvic health practitioner can immediately adopt into their clinical practice.  Dr. Dischiavi’s methods, although originally developed and designed in a sports medicine model, he takes tremendous pride helping pelvic health clinicians apply these methods across the life spans of our patients and clients.

He holds a relatively rare combination of credentials as a licensed physical therapist and a certified athletic trainer giving him a unique appreciation of the athlete. He also holds a manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute.  He is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS).

Dr. Dischiavi is a faculty member at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.  He has developed his own course that he presents nationally titled Biomechanical Assessment & Treatment of the Hip and Pelvis.

Dr. Dischiavi is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Ulster in Ireland under the direction of Dr. Chris Bleakley. His current research focus is on optimizing therapeutic exercises for the hip and pelvis to prevent lower extremity injuries and enhance physical performance.  

Dr. Dischiavi attended Slippery Rock University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training. He earned a Master of Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.


Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2019. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2019 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".