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DNS Running Course

DNS Sports Specific 3-Day Running Course
Santa Cruz, CA
May 6-8th, 2016


  • The course fee is $700 (USD)
  • In addition, there is a fee of 80 Euros (~100 dollars) for the Prague School
  • Please note that you MUST sign-up on the Prague School website prior to remitting payment for this course

Once you have completed registering with Prague School and paid the required fee, please click on the link below in order to complete the specific registration for the course. If you have any other questions please contact [email protected] for further payment and reservation info. Due to the expense involved in hosting this event and the presenter from the Prague School, all registration payments are considered final, and will not be refunded except under special circumstances. Space will be limited in order to provide an ideal ratio between instructor and students. We will be limiting the number of spots available to 35-40. We have spots already reserved and expect the course to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot early to insure your ability to attend.

Prague School Registration

Pay for the course here

General Information

This specialized 3 day course will be focusing on an introduction of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) concepts and principles and how they specifically apply to the running athlete. Come and learn how the Prague School of Rehabilitation approaches the assessment, rehabilitation, and training of the running athlete.

Dynamic Neuromuscular (core) Stability is necessary for optimal performance and is not achieved purely by adequate strength of abdominals, spinal extensors, gluteals or any other musculature; rather, core stabilization is accomplished through the precise coordination, synergy, and intra-abdominal pressure regulation by the central nervous system.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Pavel Kolar provides functional tools to assess and activate the intrinsic spinal stabilizers in order to optimize the movement system for both pre-habilitation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and performance!


Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness
9000 Soquel Ave. Suite# 103
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Petra Valouchova, DPT, PhD
Michael Rintala, DC

Course Organizer/Contact

Jeff Moreno, DPT, OCS ([email protected])
Michael Rintala, DC ([email protected])

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Course Objectives

  • Postural-locomotion function from a developmental perspective
  • Developmental kinesiology aspects for ideal stereotype of running and other sports performance
  • Biomechanics of gait and the running cycle
  • Basic core stabilization as a prerequisite for locomotion patterns
  • The role of the diaphragm during aerobic exercise; dual postural-respiratory diaphragmatic function
  • Correction and training of the proper breathing stereotype
  • The extremities functional differentiation for running – stepping forward and supporting function for the contralateral pattern of running
  • DNS exercise positions to train core stabilization as a prerequisite of the ideal running stereotype
  • Biomechanical and developmental kinesiology principles for foot centration & foot orthotics and selection of optimal shoes for different type of running
  • The most frequent types of musculoskeletal dysfunction resulting from non-optimal running stereotype and poor methodology of training: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain
  • Stretching and coordination exercises from the developmental perspective in order to get ready for running; educating the runner

Poolside Chat

Following each day of instruction we are going to have a 1 hour open discussion on anything and everything related to the running athlete. This is a unique experience to help facilitate discussion and allow everybody to share their expertise and thoughts in an open forum. The discussion that will come out of this open forum will not disappoint!

Lisa Crouch

Lisa Crouch has been a personal trainer for 11 years. Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. She has been a class instructor and trainer for Precision Physical  Therapy & Fitness since 2012. She’s passionate about health and fitness and loves sharing that knowledge with her clients. Her focus is to guide her clients in making healthy lifestyle changes through exercise and nutrition.

Mailing Address

8030 Soquel Avenue, Suite #200,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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