POSTPONED The Running Athlete: Assessment, Retraining and Rehabilitation


Understanding running biomechanics, the influence of speed, implications of changing terrain (hills and surface), strength and conditioning, footwear and gait retraining are essential in the management of the running athlete.

This two-day course will provide Physiotherapists with a detailed review of running biomechanics, a framework for completing clinical running assessments, discuss treatment/rehabilitation strategies and develop both return to running as well as strength training programs for running patients.

This course is targeted to all health professionals routinely involved in the management of running athletes. This includes new and recent graduates, through to the experienced clinician looking to refresh their approach.


  • Running biomechanics
  • Assessing the injured runner
  • Performing a running assessment
  • Designing a running specific rehabilitation / strength program
  • Designing a return to running plan


It is expected that by the conclusion of The Running Athlete: Assessment, Retraining and Rehabilitation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the important biomechanical components of running and the risk factors associated with injured runners.
  • Understand the role of strength training in both reducing injury risk in runners and improving performance
  • Describe the key factors in performing a best practice clinical assessment and video analysis of a running athlete
  • Effectively demonstrate, coach and analyse the performance of a range of strength training exercises suitable for a running athlete.
  • Design a concise, clinically reasoned return to running and strength training program addressing specific performance goals. 


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The Running Athlete: Assessment, Retraining & Rehabilitation Course Schedule 2020:

Day 1:

8:30  Registration

9:00  Welcome

9:10  Session 1:  Running injuries and risk factors. Running biomechanics and motor recruitment.

10.45   Morning Tea

11:00   Session 2:  Strength training the running athlete. Strength training loading principles for the runner.

12:30  Lunch

13.00  Session 3:  Clinical assessment of the runner. Screening and training considerations for the runner.

14:30  Afternoon Tea

14:45  Session 4:  Running practical. Video analysis.

16:15   Q&A

16:30  Finish


Day 2:

9:00  Session 5:  Strength training the running athlete – beyond rehab.

10.30  Morning Tea

10:45  Session 6: Gait retraining and footwear considerations.

12.30  Lunch

13.00  Session 6: Strength training the running athlete – including plyometric loading.

14:30  Afternoon Tea

14:45  Session 7:  Managing the running athlete. Load management. Return to Running guidelines.

15:45  Session 8: Case studies

16:15  Q&A

16:30  Finish

John Contreras

B.Physio (Hons) B.Sc M.ExSci (S&C) M.Sports Physio APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, S&C Coach

John is an APA Sports Physiotherapist, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Pilates Educator who has worked in a range of Physiotherapy settings across Melbourne and London. With a special interest in return to sport rehabilitation and gym based performance training, John spends much of his clinical time developing his patient’s physical performance characteristics with a mix of exercise based interventions.

He has completed a Master of Sports Physiotherapy (La Trobe University) as well as a Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Level 1 ASCA S&C Coach.

John established Resistance Training Rehabilitation in 2012 to deliver a range of Clinical Pilates, Strength & Conditioning and injury rehabilitation courses for health and fitness professionals.

He has previous worked with the Football Federation of Victoria, Brentford Football Club, Victoria Bushrangers and was formally Master Trainer for APPI in the UK and Australia. John currently consults from Physiosports Brighton.

Kevin Leiberthal

B.Physio (Hons) M.ExSci (Research) Running Physiotherapist

After completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at The University of Melbourne in 2001, I have had a significant change in my sporting involvement. After countless years running around most of Melbourne's squash courts, I switched to triathlon and then to marathon and ultra-marathon running.

My clinical interests include: sporting injuries, running injuries (including analysing running biomechanics), lower limb injuries, tendon injuries, strength testing.

Additionally, I have developed a customised Smith Machine to help monitor and assess the strength of individuals managed within Physio@Central Park.

As my passion for running grew, memories of watching Bruce Fordyce winning the Comrades Marathon enticed me to travel to South Africa to complete the gruelling 89km's of hills. Thus far I have completed numerous marathons and ultramarthons (Melbourne x6, Canberra x3 (including 1 x50km), Gold Coast, Berlin, Roller Coaster, Frankston to Portsea x2, Comrades x 2 (up and down)). My first comrades was the "down run"in 2009 and I recently followed it up with the "up run" in 2017.

I have completed studying a Research Masters in Exercise Science with the primary focus on the impact of Achilles Tendinopathy on lower limb function. Consequently, I have been fortunate to have presented some of my research on Achilles tendon pathology at the 2014 and 2016 SMA (Sports Medicine Australia) Conferences as well as presenting both lectures and running biomechanics workshops to other physiotherapists through the SPA (Sports Physiotherapy Australia group).

When not running out on the streets, I have two young young children that I run after.