Running Rehab Courses

Tutor: Dr Christian Barton, PhD, BPhysio (Hon)

In this course, Christian will give you the skills and knowledge to diagnose and manage injured runners. The course explores lower limb biomechanics, provides an overview of how biomechanics can link to injury, and how to identify and address them through running retraining and exercise in the clinic. The evidence behind and practical application of running retraining, exercise, footwear and other adjunctive interventions are explored in relation to both injury and performance.

About tutor

This course is delivered by Dr Christian Barton, who has a highly respected international research profile, with more than 100 peer reviewed publications. He teaches courses in Australia, the UK and Scandinavia. Clinically, Christian specialises in the management of persistent and challenging knee, tendon and running related injuries, working with a range of elite and recreational athletes and in conjunction with many of Melbourne’s leading orthopaedic specialists. This vital clinical insight ensure you will take away immediately clinically applicable skills.

Clinical profile

Research profile

Upcoming courses


Adelaide, Australia July 15-16, 2023 Click Here (APA course)
Brisbane, Australia Oct 21-22, 2023 Click here (APA course)
Melbourne, Australia Nov 25-26, 2023 Coming soon (Contact APA)

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Learning objectives
  • Understand how to complete a thorough biomechanical assessment of the runner, including screening muscle capacity, joint mobility and running technique
  • Be confident in determining potentially key biomechanical contributions to injury persistence
  • Understand the benefits, safety, how and when to change running biomechanics, including consideration to proximal and swing phase mechanics
  • Be able to consider the influence of footwear and potential of barefoot or minimalist running to treat or cause injury
  • Be able to confidently prescribe adequately loaded exercise programs at home or in the gym to help your runners with injury and performance
  • Be able to have an evidence-based conversation with runners about the implications of running technique and exercise on performance
  • Help runners at your clinic run pain free and improve their performance
  • Be able to apply course principles and clinical reasoning your develop to non-running clinical presentations
Typical course timetable

Day 1

8.45 Register

9.00 Principles of biomechanics and running injury management, including introduction of the RISK framework. Lecture and discussion

9.30 Running biomechanics and consideration to injury – kinetics, kinematics, neuromotor considerations. Lecture, video examples and discussion

10.30 Break

11.00 Efficiently screening the runner for muscle capacity and joint mobility – understanding influence of running mechanics. Practical

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Introduction to running retraining including theory, case examples and practical – understand benefits, safety, when and how to change running biomechanics (step rate, strike pattern, limb stiffness, pelvis, trunk, upper-limb, head, swing phase). Lecture, practical and discussion

15.00 Break

15.30 Running retraining case examples including consideration of barriers and facilitators – tying in running assessment and screening to make a plan

16.30 Considerations related to footwear, barefoot running, and injury management. Lecture, video examples and discussion

17.00 Close Day 1


Day 2

9.00 Review of Day 1 content and ensuring efficiency in running injury screening and running assessment. Practical and discussion

9.30 Exploring the link between kinematics, kinetics and neuromotor factors in running injuries and implications for retraining – a deeper understanding of the management of more complex cases. Lecture and discussion

10.00 Exercise prescription principles for running injury and performance. Lecture and discussion

10.30 Break

11.00 Exercise prescription for the runner – trunk, hip, and knee. Practical, including clinical reasoning of when to use open and closed kinetic chain, and how to restore/optimise muscle power

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Exercise prescription for the runner – foot and ankle. Practical, including clinical reasoning of when to use open and closed kinetic chain, and how to restore/optimise muscle power

14.00 Running technique and performance – consideration to strike pattern, proximal mechanics and other technique factors. Lecture and discussion

14.30 Running retraining – thinking about injury and performance. Practical

15.00 Break

15.30 Case examples related to injury and performance – tying it all together. Videos and discussion

16.00 Applying course principles, including RISK framework to other tasks/problems (e.g. ACL injury)

16.30 Questions

17.00 Close

If you would like to host a private course at your clinic or department, please get in touch.