When the Feet Hit the Ground...


Course Description

This running injury management and prevention course is a two-day, 15 contact hour physical therapy continuing education seminar focused on getting the therapist up to speed on common running terms, running biomechanics, and assessment of the runner from head to toe.

The faculty will present current and clinically useful evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques for running injury prevention. Course participants will receive:

  • Comprehensive, foundational anatomical and biomechanical content

  • Overview of a novel movement assessment system, and examination techniques specific to the running athlete.

  • Specific intervention strategies for management of running related musculoskeletal dysfunction.

  • Examination of foot biomechanics, running style, as well as learning to perform clinically relevant video gait analysis.

This course will provide updated information on injuries common to the runner, including pathologies of the hip, knee, lower leg, foot and ankle. Information on footwear and semi-custom orthotics is interwoven with other varied specialty interventions and clinical pearls that can be used to achieve immediate results.

Course Dates & Locations


Due to constant changes in COVID restrictions throughout the country, no open courses are currently scheduled for 2022. 

We are working on webinar courses that will be conducted live and in pre-recorded formats. These courses should be ready by April 2022. 

Registration and cost information will be available here as soon as those courses are available. 

[Interested in hosting a course? Contact us! We'd be happy to discuss options.]

Course Schedule

7:30 - 8:00


8:00- 12:00

Noon - 1:00


1:00 - 5:30

Day 1:

Course Registration


Morning Sessions

  • General Running Injuries

  • Normal Foot Mechanics

  • Practical Lab - Subtalar Neutral Assessment

  • Running Kinetics & Kinematics

    •  Walking vs Running ​

    • LE Alignment and Biomechanics 

    • Vertical Ground Reaction Forces

    • Barefoot vs Shod Running 

    • Cadence Manipulation & Running Form

    • Clinical Case Studies 




Afternoon Session

  • Practical Lab - Corrective Drills for Form

  • Movement Assessment and Biomechanical Evaluation Lab

  • Video Running Gait Analysis

  • Taping Techniques


Noon - 1:00


1:00 - 5:00

Day 2:

Morning Session

  • Running Injuries & Treatment Related to Hip & Knee

    • Hamstring​

    • Patellofemoral Pain

    • Hip Labral Tears

    • IT Band Syndrome

  • Practical Lab - Corrective Exercises for Hip and Knee

  • Running Injuries & Treatment Related to the Lower Leg

    • Shin Splints/MTSS​

    • Compartmental Syndrome

    • Stress Fractures




Afternoon Session

  • Running Injuries & Treatment Related to the Lower Leg (continued)

    • Achilles Tendonosis​

    • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Practical Lab - Corrective Exercises for Leg, Ankle & Foot

  • Current Update on Running Shoes

  • Orthotics: Over-the-counter & Semi-Custom Devices

  • Putting It All Together - Corrective Action for Faults

Hands-On Learning //

Throughout this course, participants will have opportunities to practice techniques in several hands-on lab sessions. Daily reviews will help participants to obtain and remember the most pertinent information.

The primary goal of this managing the runner course is to promote cause and effect thinking about the underlying causes of running related injury and potential influences of the injury, both locally and regionally. 

Course Objectives

At the completion of this PT continuing education course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe biomechanical differences between walking and running

  • Compare and contrast various running styles/techniques

  • Articulate important key factors in foot biomechanics

  • Discuss current concepts about how and why to alter running mechanics

  • Effectively perform a movement screen and rate functional performance

  • Systematically perform detailed biomechanical evaluation of Lower Quarter

  • Identify the potential causes of movement dysfunction

  • Create comprehensive treatment plans for a wide variety of running related musculoskeletal dysfunctions 

  • Understand how to perform a 2D video gait analysis, and interpret findings 

  • Summarize current research on running injuries and evidence based treatment strategies related to these injuries

  • Learn and practice running specific exercises for hip and knee

  • Learn and practice running specific exercises for leg, ankle and foot

  • Demonstrate efficient performance of two taping techniques: Navicular sling and fibulae repositioning

  • Describe common categories of running shoes and their role in intervention with varied running injuries

  • In the context of clinical case studies, choose examination techniques, describe important findings, relate findings to underlying cause of injury and design effective and creative treatment plans