The Running Course – Master Level Training for Peak Performance

October 24-25, 2020

We are in the midst of a running boom. With the popularity of running exploding so, too, has an epidemic of injury. The expectations to get your runners back out on the road, trails, or track can be stressful for the sports medicine team, not to mention the client. It is essential to be up-to-date on the clinically-relevant and evidence-based evaluation and treatment approaches for injured runners to maximize functional outcomes in a safe and timely manner.

This hands-on, two-day advanced course aims to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to evaluate and treat all common running injuries. Recent research is integrated with clinical reasoning to provide each course attendee with a practical, effective, evidence-based approach.  A special emphasis will be placed on integrating running biomechanics, clinical examination, and load management findings into a comprehensive, criterion-based rehabilitation program for returning your runner to their peak performance. In addition, careful consideration of the role that motor learning plays in designing running gait retraining programs will be examined. Each course attendee will leave with both didactic and hands-on assessment tools to make informed, evidence-based rehabilitation and return-to-running decisions. The strategies taught in this advanced course will enable course attendees to provide their patients and clients with the highest quality of care that achieves excellent outcomes and value.

Case studies will be utilized throughout the course to illustrate key concepts.  This interactive will allow course participants to enhance their diagnostic, examination, and treatment skills of injured runners of all ages and abilities. The overall course objective is to provide attendees with a thorough framework to make informed decisions that will enable the course attendee to become an asset in your community to runners, physicians, and coaches.  A comprehensive course packet will include pictures, references, and clinical pearls for quick reference in the clinic.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the intrinsic and extrinsic factors for sustaining a running-related injury.
  • Assess the roles of physiological capacity and tissue loading on the design of an evidence-based injury prevention and return-to-run program.
  • Perform a thorough assessment of running gait and provide re-education utilizing motor learning theory where appropriate.
  • Perform a comprehensive, hypothesis-driven lower extremity evaluation unique to runners and integrate findings with gait analysis results to design a comprehensive, running-specific injury management program.
  • Prescribe criterion-based strength and conditioning programs designed specifically to alter pathology, reduce pain, and enhance performance in runners of all ages and abilities.
  • Integrate the latest research findings into clinical practice to treat bone stress injuries, tendinopathy, patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, and other conditions commonly seen in both adult runners and youth runners.
  • Design and develop a comprehensive return-to-running program utilizing the latest advances in running and load management research.


Texas Children’s Hospital

Meyer Building

1919 S. Braeswood, Conference Rooms HR 1, 2, and 3

Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

15 contact hours or CCUs through TOTA and TPTA

Registration - Register online


Jeffery Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is a sports physical therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Taylor-Haas obtained a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University in 2004 and is a board-certified orthopedic specialist in physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association.  He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and an Adjunct Faculty member at the College of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the department of physical therapy.


Day One

  • 07:30-08:00  Registration
  • 08:00-08:45  Epidemiology & Running Injury Risk Factors

    • Exploration of Age, Gender & Competitive Status
    • Can we prevent running injuries?
  • 08:45-09:30  Role of Loading & Tissue Capacity in Injury Prevention & Treatment

    • Acute-to-Chronic Workload
    • Assessment of the “10% Rule”
  • 09:30-09:45  BREAK
  • 09:45-10:30  Advanced Running Biomechanics

    • Kinematics & Kinetics
    • Effects of age, gender, speed, & strike pattern on form
  • 10:30-11:15  Peak Performance:  Improving Running Economy

    • Strength Training
    • Running Biomechanics
  • 11:15-12:00  A Runner-Specific Clinical Examination

    • Hypothesis-Driven
    • Evidence-Based
  • 12:00-01:00  LUNCH (on your own)
  • 01:00-02:30  Lab:  Runner-Specific Clinical Examination Laboratory

    • Hypothesis-Driven
    • Functional Testing
    • Muscle Activation & Joint Mobility Assessment
  • 02:30-02:45  BREAK
  • 02:45-03:45  Gait Analysis:  From Theory to Clinical Practice

    • 2D vs. 3D Gait Analysis
    • Step-by-Step Set-up & Clinical Implementation
  • 03:45-04:30  Running Gait Retraining

    • Pros & Cons
    • Identifying & Correcting the Main Error
  • 04:30-06:15  Lab:  Gait Analysis & Running Gait Retraining

    • Clinical Implementation
    • Case Studies

Day Two

  • 08:00-08:45  Special Consideration for Youth Running Injuries

    • Gender & Maturation Specific Considerations
    • The role of running form
    • Gait Retraining
  • 08:45-09:30  Bone Stress Injuries in Runners

    • Differential Diagnosis
    • Criterion-Based Progression
  • 09:30-09:45  BREAK
  • 09:45-10:30  Tendinopathy Injuries in Runners

    • Load Management
    • Criterion-Based Progression
  • 10:30-11:15  Management of Common Knee Injuries

    • Anterior Knee Pain/PFPS
    • IT Band Syndrome
  • 11:15-12:00  Management of Common Hip Injuries

    • Gluteal Tendinopathy
    • FAI Syndrome
  • 12:00-01:00  LUNCH (on your own)
  • 01:00-02:15  A Runner-Specific Treatment Approach

    • Incorporating Motor Learning
      Exercise Selection
      Cuing based on stage of motor learning
  • 02:15-02:30  BREAK
  • 02:30-03:30  Lab:  Exercise Prescription & Return to Sport Decision-Making

    • Evidence- & Criterion-Based
    • Incorporating physical & psychological test results
  • 03:30-03:45  Question & Answer

    • Course Wrap-Up


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030
Nightly rate: $115.00 (price varies based on room availability)

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