About Jay Dicharry

Jay DicharryJay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board- Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand  and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance.

Jay literally wrote the book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over a dozen professional journal articles and three book chapters. Jay has had an active research career, teaches nationally, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His ongoing research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues to provide him cutting edge knowledge to educate and provide patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes.

In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists. He is excited to share this passion with the team at Rebound, and explore the Pacific Northwest with his family on knobbies, skis, boards, and soles.


12 thoughts on “About Jay Dicharry

  1. newbodi.es (@newbodi)

    Jay, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate your book. It should be required reading for anyone even just curious about running, but more broadly for anyone who works out.

    You make complex info accessible, which is so crucial for making it usable.

    Thank you. Love the content here – keep it up!

  2. stewthebassman

    Jay, I bought your book when Matt Flaherty mentioned it during his UltraRunner Podcast interview. I bought it immediately. Didn’t really look hard at it until I couldn’t hardly walk Christmas Eve doing some sprints out on the streets. My SI joint was dying! Fast forward 6 days (and some reading) and I have begun doing the exercises in the back. Surprise! Feeling better already and the season (and my running career) may be salvaged after all! Thank you!

  3. Suz

    I’ve worked my way through the book. Like any good academic work, this is packed with data and information. Not a fast read, nor should it be. Ironically, my running physical therapist is reading your book as well after attending a continuing Ed class with you.

    The descriptions with photos for the exercises are generally clear. Are there or will there be short videos of each exercise demonstrating correct form? This would particularly helpful.

    For example, “core control” shows a nice photo of an attractive abdomen. It doesn’t show hand position to assist the reader in locating the general area. Granted some may just look at the video and pay zero attention to the instruction. That is an issue even with pictures and a mind boggling description.

    I found your book after searching for “contra kicks” that my physical therapist has me doing because I’m recovering from an injury – I want to not be in the 82% anymore.

    Thank you for writing this book. Now it is my turn to use it.

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  5. Dave

    Hi Jay,
    Just want to let you know that we added your blog to our directory: runopedia.com You have loads of great stuff here that we wanted to share with other runners.

      1. Dave

        Hi Jay,
        We would be interested in having your blog as an upcoming featured blog of the week on runopedia.com. If you would like to be featured just let me know and I can send out some brief interview questions. Once we receive the answers we will schedule our post and let you know.
        If you want to communicate with me at dave@runopedia.com that would be great.

  6. Simon

    Hi Jay,
    I am a physical therapist Student from Italy. I realy like your blog.
    At the Moment I am writing my Bachelor Thesis on Foot Strike Patterns and how they Change the GRF and loading rate. I found some blog entry on your side but there was never a link to studies or other literature. I wanted to ask you if you have some litrature (studies, Reviews…) where they examine foot strike pattern and their relationship to the Impact Forces or where they discuss the relation between foot strike pattern and Injurie incidence. . .
    I would be very thankufl if you let hear from you. Simon-egger@live.de

    Sorry for my bad english and best wishes from Austria,

    1. an athlete's body Post author

      Hi Simon –
      thanks for your comment. do some poking around – there are numerous studies that have examined he relationship of foot strike and LR – I have 2 very in-depth blog posts on this here, and much more info in my book – along with a big list of references in there as well. Medline and google scholar are your friend


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