ONLINE The Running Athlete: Assessment, Retraining and Rehabilitation

Melbourne 27 July-27 December 2021




The Running Athlete workshop provides you with the tools to manage your running patients. During the online workshop you will gain a detailed understanding of running biomechanics, motor recruitment, injury risks, the influence of speed and the implications of terrain. In addition, you will be provided with a framework for completing clinical running assessments, discuss treatment and rehabilitation strategies and a process to develop individualised strength and conditioning programs to support your running patients.


This workshop is delivered completely online. Consisting of several hours of online lectures and workshops in addition to a follow up Q&A online module. Workshop participants receive a PDF workbook and access to an online exercise video library.

This workshop 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.

Learn at your own pace


By the conclusion of The Running Athlete participants will be able to: 

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



Step One: complete Online Modules at your own pace.

Modules includes:

  • Module 1: Overview – biomechanics, motor recruitment and injuries
  • Module 2: Meet the Runner – presentations and training history
  • Module 3: Strength Training the Running Athlete
  • Module 4: Meet the Runner – a strength training perspective
  • Module 5: Managing the Runner: return to running and running program design
  • Module 6: Strength Training Assessment and Monitoring
  • Module 7: Strength Training Practical
  • Module 8: Running Considerations – tendon, muscle, bone, case study
  • Module 9: Strength Training Program Design
  • Module 10: Strength Training the Running Athlete – Case Study

Step Two: Complete Online Workshop Modules at your own pace:

Content includes:

  • Workshop 1: Musculoskeletal Assessment of the Running Athlete
  • Workshop 2: Performance Assessment of the Running Athlete
  • Workshop 3: Performing a Running Video Analysis
  • Workshop 4: Strength Training the Running Athlete – Practical Case Study
  • Workshop 5: Return to Running Program Design
  • Online modules released September 27th 2021.


Step Three: Participate in the Online Q&A Modules:

  • Each month Kevin & John will answer questions submitted from workshop participants.
  • Submit your question regarding any of the content vie email.
  • Kevin & John will answer your questions in a pre-recorded module and provide additional information/resources.
  • Q&A Modules released October 11th, November 15th and December 13th 2021.


Email with any questions or to find out more click here.




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 Physiotherapists who graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2001. He completed a Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) in 2011 from Edith Cowan University and a Master of Sports Physiotherapy from Latrobe University in 2016.

John has a special interest in designing injury prevention and sports performance gym programs for athletic patients following lower limb and spinal injuries. He also has over 13 years experience teaching Physiotherapy based Pilates, Strength Training and exercise rehabilitation courses to health professionals across Australia, the UK, Europe, Brazil and the USA. He is also a former Master Trainer the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI).

Using his experience combining Physiotherapy, Strength & Conditioning and Pilates training principles, and with a desire to assist other health professionals deliver exercise therapy with a strong evidence base, John launched Resistance Training Rehabilitation (RTR) in 2012.

John has previously worked with Football Federation Victoria (FFV) state squads, Brentford Football Club (UK), the Victorian Bushrangers, Collegians FC (VAFA Premier) and various triathlon teams. He currently has an interest in providing gym based rehabilitation programs and assisting the athletic development of young and adolescent athletes.

John is currently based in Melbourne consulting from Physiosports Brighton.

Kevin Lieberthal

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.