Examination and Treatment of Running Injuries
Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and related professions/students of those fields


Successful treatment of running injuries has remained somewhat elusive to orthopedic and sports medicine clinicians. Through a greater understanding of the associated mechanics, advances in prevention and rehabilitation strategies can be made that will reduce the incidence rate of these common injuries.

This advanced 14-hour course will provide a thorough review of the most recent scientific findings related to the examination, diagnosis and treatment of running injuries. Discussion will focus on the current literature pertaining to running mechanics and injury, and the clinical decision making needed to achieve superior outcomes. Novel strategies to modify running mechanics will be presented as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment.

Multiple case studies will be integrated to illustrate concepts and promote idea application. The overall objective is to provide each participant with an understanding of the current knowledge pertaining to the management of running-related injuries, with techniques that can be immediately applied in clinical practice.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify biomechanical and training-related risk factors for running injuries using current evidence
  • Describe the factors that influence running form and performance
  • Determine the appropriate equipment to conduct a video running analysis and identify factors that can influence its accuracy
  • Perform a systematic and comprehensive video analysis of an individual running
  • Understand how to integrate findings from the physical examination and video analysis to determine appropriate injury management
  • Identify effective strategies to modify the running form and determine when it is appropriate to do so as part of the rehabilitation plan
  • Identify running mechanics associated with bone stress injuries, and explain the influence of running mechanics on bone mass
  • Develop a rehabilitation plan for runners with tendinopathy that addresses both tendon recovery and provocative running mechanics
  • Evaluate readiness to run following ACL reconstruction and incorporate gait retraining as needed
  • Identify changes in lumbopelvic mechanics in the post-partum runner
  • Identify risk factors associated with hamstring strain injury and key aspects of the rehabilitation


  • Running Mechanics and Injury Etiology
  • Standardized Approach to Video Gait Analysis for Distance Runners
  • Gait Retraining for Injured Distance Runners: When, Why, and How Much?
  • Running Mechanics and Bone Stress Injury Risk
  • Running Footwear Features and Recommendations
  • Load Progression for Lower Extremity Tendinopathy Recovery
  • Lumbopelvic Mechanics: Consideration of the Post-Partum Runner
  • When to Run After ACL Reconstruction?
  • Hamstring Strain Injuries in Football: Mechanisms and Recovery


Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, FAPTA is the Frederick Gaenslen Professor in Orthopedics and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation. He is the founding Director of the UW Health Runners’ Clinic; Director of Badger Athletic Performance with UW Athletics; and Co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on sports-related injuries. Support for his research includes the NIH, NFL, NBA and GE Healthcare.

Contact Hours 14/CEU 1.4

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 14.0 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

Examination and Treatment of Running Injuries is approved by AC Training and Seminars, California Approval Provider for Physical Therapists. Approval #107 for 1.4 CEU (14.0 Hours)

This course meets the standards for 14.0 hours of continuing education by most other state physical therapy boards. For more information on CEU, check out our Continuing Education Credit page.


Once registered, you will have 6 months to complete the course. You will have unlimited access during that time.

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