Title: Applied biomechanics of the lower limb

Date: 7-8 November 2020

Cost: £228 - £285

Course leader: Francesco Contiero

We are planning to deliver this course as a face to face course as advertised with all delegates wearing full PPE and with strict covid protocols in place around UCO. Should the covid restrictions in London change between now and the course it may be necessary to amend the course to be either one day online and one day face to face or completely online.

About the course

The biomechanics of the lower limb will be explored as applied to common function such as gait. The integrated nature of the body mechanics and its physiological components will inform an osteopathic approach to the evaluation and treatment of different conditions.

Starting from a review of relevant literature in the fields of fascial sciences and neurobiomechanics, the course will focus on the practical applications of this theoretical framework in everyday practice.

The biomechanical understanding of human movement is based on the concepts of Applied Functional Science® (Gray Institute, USA). 


Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered

B) Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3

C) Safety and quality in practice - C1


Learning outcomes

  • Review of relevant lower limb anatomy and osteokinematic
  • Understand the neurophysiological principles of myofascial biomechanics and their application in clinical practice
  • Understand the biomechanics of gait
  • Learn how to evaluate biomechanical patterns of function using functional testing
  • Learn how to create specific functional contexts for the treatment of a range of dysfunctions
  • Understand the role of orthotic prescription within clinical practice



Day 1                    

09:00-09:30         Registration       

09:30-10:00         Introduction to applied biomechanics - Lecture

10:00-11:00         General osteokinematics - Lecture and practical session

11:00-11:30         Break

11:30-12:00         Osteokinematics of gait - Lecture

12:00-12:30         Myofascial mechanics and functional loading - Lecture

12:30-13:00         Chain reaction biomechanics and muscle function - Lecture

13:00-14:00         Lunch break

14:00-14:30         Functional loading examples - Practice

14:30-16:00         Assessment strategies - Lecture and practical session

16:00-16:15         Short break

16:15-17:30         Assessment techniques - Practice

17:30                  End of day 1


Day 2                    

09:30-10:45         Foot and ankle functional testing - Lecture and practical session

10:45-11:15         Break

11:15-12:15         Hip complex functional testing - Lecture and practical session

12:15-13:00         Treatment strategies - Group session / tutorial

13:00-14:00         Lunch break

14:00-14:30         Case studies: functional testing and diagnosis - Group session / tutorial

14:30-15:45         Treatment techniques - Practice

15:45-16:00         Short break

16:00-16:30         Case studies: functional treatment - Group session / tutorial / practice

16:30-17:30         Q&A and open discussion - Group session

17:30                    End of day 2


Course suitability

The course is suitable for osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and third and fourth year manual therapy students.


About the course leader

Francesco Contiero is a Physiotherapist and Osteopath based in London. Francesco started his career in Italy as a physiotherapist. He has completed a Diploma and a postgraduate Master degree in Osteopathy. In addition, he has completed an intensive training program in functional biomechanics developed through the Gray Institute and has earned the distinction of Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS).

Francesco is the Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology Lecturer at the University College of Osteopathy. His academic areas of expertise are neurosciences, sports biomechanics and fascial sciences.


Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.