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Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement For Runners

As a physical therapist, you know that running injuries are all too common. Whether it's a sprained ankle, a strained muscle, or something more serious, runners come to you for help. Improving your understanding of running-related injuries and running-specific exercise prescription can not only help your clinical outcomes but also help you to: 

  • Create a clinical niche

  • Work with more active populations

  • Garner referrals from fitness professionals 

  • Improve word-of-mouth engagement 

  • Market to cash pay clientele seeking specialty care from an expert

This course covers a wide range of topics from assessing running mechanics to designing customized exercise programs so that you can improve your ability to work with runners at every stage of the rehabilitation process. With a focus on evidence-based practice, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to deliver effective, efficient care to your patients. 


On top of all the knowledge you'll gain, this course is accredited for 3 CEUs through the Florida Board of Physical Therapy via CE Broker.

Click below to register today!


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Course Content

Module 1: Evolution Of Running 

1.1 Homo Sapiens as a Bipedal Species

1.2 Understanding Persistence Hunting

1.3 Musculoskeletal Adaptations for Running

1.4 Human Potential: Extreme Performances


Module 2: Running Biomechanics 

2.1 Gait Phases of Running

2.1a Initial Contact

2.1b Mid-Stance

2.1c Toe Off

2.1d Mid-Swing

2.3 Understanding Ground-Reaction Forces

2.4 Loading Differences And Injury Variances Between Rearfoot Strike and Forefoot Strike


Module 3: Running-Related Injuries

3.1 Overall Injury Incidence of Running-Related Injuries 

3.2 Cost of Running-Related Injuries

3.3 Mechanisms of Running-Related Injuries 

3.3a Tissue Demand versus Tissue Capacity

3.4 Most Common Injuries (with Relevant Treatment Pearls) 

3.4a Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

3.4b Distal Iliotibial Band Syndrome

3.4c Plantar Fasciopathy

3.4d Meniscal Injury

3.4e Tibial Stress Syndrome


Module 4: Injury Prevention & Performance Exercises

4.1 Importance of Strength Training for Runners

4.2 Incorporating Strength Training into Programming for Runners

4.3 Four Priorities for Supportive Strength Training

4.3a Activation/Neuromuscular Control

4.3b Max Strength

4.3c Load Attenuation

4.3d Reactive Strength

4.4 Foot Intrinsic Muscle Strengthening

4.5 Movement Preparation

4.6 Sample Programming 


Module 5: Return-To-Running Following Injury

5.1 Assessment

5.1a When is It Safe to Return to Running?

5.1b ACL Reconstruction Considerations

5.1c Concussion Considerations

5.1d Breaking-Point Test 

5.2 Training Progression


Module 6: Common Questions, Misconceptions, And Takeaways 

6.1 Foot Posture

6.2 Running Footwear 

6.2a Heel Drop

6.2b Minimalist versus Motion Control 

6.2c Orthotics

6.2d Footwear Transitioning Timelines

6.2e Consideration of Running Mechanics when Choosing Footwear

6.3 Cadence

6.4 Treadmill versus Overground

6.5 Running during Pregnancy 

6.6 Running and Osteoarthritis 


Module 7: Exercise Prescription and Program Design For Runners

7.1 Overview of Program Design 

7.2 Phase 1: Activation Exercises

7.3 Phase 2: Strength Exercises

7.4 Phase 3: Load-Attenuation Exercises

7.5 Phase 4: Reactive-Strength Exercises

7.6 Example Client Programming with Downloadable Templates

Module 8: Exercise Instruction and Demonstration

8. 1 Phase 1: Activation Exercises

8. 2 Phase 2: Strength Exercises

8. 3 Phase 3: Load-Attenuation Exercises

8. 4 Phase 4: Reactive-Strength Exercises

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Nicholas Schumacher

Course Instructor

Nick currently works with active duty military and their families with a specialty in running-related injuries and return to running fitness coaching. Nick also runs a weekly running group and has created additional running education programs.  Nick designed the running protocol of this program using his clinical knowledge and personal running training. He continues his passion with training for local running competitions. 

  • Are there any assignments or graded homework in this course?
    No! This course is self paced and is composed of video content that you can access whenever, wherever! Once you have completed the content you can take the post course assessment for CEU credit.
  • How long is the test?
    The post course assessment is 20 questions and you must score a 16/20 (80%) in order to receive CEU credit. You can take the assessment as many times as you need to achieve an 80% or better.
  • Is there a time frame to complete the course?
    No! you will be able to take as long as you need to work through the material and can access it whenever you would like, even after finishing the course. There are also two example programs that you can download to create customizable templates for use with your patients or clients.
  • Is this course just for physical therapists?
    No! this course is currently only accredited for physical therapy continuing education units but the content is suitable and valuable for all health, fitness, and rehabilitation professionals!!
  • How do I receive CEU credit?
    After completing the post course assessment and scoring at least an 80%, a CEU certificate will be emailed to the email address you provide upon registration. The course is currently accredited for 3 CEUs through the Florida Physical Therapy Association (CE Broker #20-996182) and may be reciprocal with other state physical therapy associations. Please check with your local state to see their reciprocity guidelines. If you have any issues receiving your certificate please email
  • My question isn't listed here?
    No problem! Feel free to reach out via the contact form below and one of our staff members will get back to you with an answer.
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