Miriam Salloum

Perfecting the Runner's Evaluation: Learning the Nuances of Assessing Runners from a Multimodal Approach

Miriam Salloum was born in Gulfport, MS, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a BS in Biology. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at East Carolina University. Miriam later completed a postgraduate internship at Mayo Clinic’s biomechanics and motion analysis lab in Rochester MN. She has practiced orthopedic and sports physical therapy since 2000 while residing in Asheville, NC.

Miriam is owner and director of The Runner’s Mechanic Physical Therapy Clinic. She specializes in the treatment of running injuries with a background in foot and ankle rehabilitation, foot orthoses fabrication, taping techniques, spine and lumbopelvic neuromuscular reeducation, spinal manipulation, and the biomechanical analysis of running gait. This includes video motion analysis and real-time gait retraining. Miriam also specializes in dry needling techniques, also known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT), to reduce pain and restore normalized function of the neuromuscular system appropriate for most patient populations. In 2015 Miriam had the distinct pleasure to complete course training with Sue Falsone, head of Athletic and Sport Performance Training for the US Soccer’s Men’s National team, for advanced techniques in systemic dry needling for treatment of myofascial pain and chronic tendon disorders in high level athletes and runners. In 2016 Miriam became the physical therapist for the Olympic Training Site under the Center for Excellence for Sports Science in Johnson City, TN where she rehabilitated Olympic athletes in bobsled and track and field sports .

Miriam Salloum received her certification of orthopedic manual therapy (COMT) for spine and peripheral joint disorders through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy and is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has been a national presenter for North American Seminars for the past 7 years which allows her to educate health professionals in the most recent techniques for treatment of running related injuries. She models her approach to runners’ rehabilitation after the Speed Clinic & Center for Endurance Sports at UVA and Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard, which has allowed her to utilize the most effective techniques for real time gait re-training.

Session Description

This is a one-day course focused on the comprehensive treatment of the injured runner. During this unique course, emphasis will be on an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation for both the physical and emotional success of running clients. Treating physical therapists will learn how to conduct interviews specific to runners and glean the best information to direct treatment interventions. Live demonstration of functional screening and objective testing techniques pertinent to running mechanics will be performed. Nuances of test findings will be discussed that will help fine-tune evaluation sessions. Video analysis, real time gait retraining, and corrective exercise prescription will be outlined, and productive ways to discuss future injury prevention and long-term programming will be presented. This a great opportunity to combine the most current techniques in running rehabilitation with the clinical experience of an instructor working specifically in this field for over 18 years. This course is designed to allow a thorough understanding of how a physical therapist can successfully work with a running client on both a physical and cognitive level. Attending this course will not only yield positive outcomes and rapid symptom resolution with patients, but also inspire client trust and loyalty to help grow a physical therapy practice in the fast -growing and in-demand field of running rehabilitation.

Course Objectives

  1. Perform a comprehensive intake of a runner’s history for key information which will effectively direct diagnoses, evaluation, and treatment for optimal outcomes with return to sport.
  2. Conduct functional movement screens and special tests for running clients to formulate hypothesis for mechanism of injury, treatment interventions, and prevention of future injury.
  3. Treat running athletes using skilled manual therapy and taping techniques for hip and ankle to change symptoms, posture, and mobility and allow successful motor control training with running gait.
  4. Learn how to perform video analysis in the clinic setting to accurately observe running gait and identify specific injurious movement patterns responsible for client symptoms.
  5. Implement the appropriate gait re-training cue for correcting dysfunctional gait patterns to allow healing and symptom resolution.
  6. Practice strengthening and neuromuscular retraining activities for patient home exercise routine to complement their return to running program.