Functional Foot & Ankle

Description: The organized actions of the foot and ankle complex is often overlooked and misunderstood in the fitness industry. This adaptive lever plays a role in every upright action from human locomotion to squats and lunges. With the advancement of the fitness industry and expanding role of the fitness professional there is greater likelihood of encountering a client with foot pathology or foot compensations. To maintain competitive among your colleagues and achieve greatest results with your clients it is imperative to gain an understanding of the role the foot and ankle play in creating and modifying fitness programs.

Instructor:   Dr. Emily Splichal

Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist Certification for health and wellness professionals. With over 11 years in the fitness industry, she has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.
Dr. Splichal actively sees patients out of her office in Manhattan, NY with a specialty in sports medicine and bio-mechanics. She takes great pride in approaching all patients through a functional approach with the integration of full bio-mechanical assessments and movement screens. She is actively involved in the correction of movement dysfunctions as it relates to sports injury and frequently performs manual therapy techniques including muscle activation technique (MAT), joint mobilization and trigger point release.
Dr. Splichal is actively involved in barefoot training research and barefoot education as it relates to athletic performance, injury prevention and human movement dysfunction. She has presented her research and barefoot eduction both nationally and internationally. As a frequent contributor on the EBFA Fitness blog (www.ebfafitness.com) and webinars, she readily makes her content accessible to therapists, coaches and runners.
Dr Splichal is also the creator of the VCore Workout (www.vcoreworkout.com), a barefoot balance training workout that is designed to integrate foot strength with hip stability. Uniquely designed to improve foot proprioception, core strength and hip stability, her barefoot workout can be found across gyms worldwide. Join Dr. Splichal for a barefoot workout both online (www.emglivefitness.com) and live in classes weekly throughout New York City.
Degrees/Certifications: Doctor of Podiatirc Medicine (DPM), Master's in Public Health (Fall Reduction), M.S. Human Movement, NASM-CES, NASM-PES, NSCA-CPT