A Complete Guide to Understanding Runners for Physiotherapists

Become equipped with comprehensive knowledge about the assessment and management of different running athletes by taking part in these courses.

Running is a very popular sport globally. Running is also a recognised and accessible choice for health, sports and leisure activity. However, not all running is the same. Different types of running have different characteristics and specific aspects that should be considered during any prehabilitation and rehabilitation related assessment and management.

In our brand new running programme, Dawn Nunes will cover aspects such as understanding your runner, subjective assessment, comprehensive running analysis, biomechanical analysis and testing, equipment, training, recovery, running injuries and rehabilitation as it relates to different types of running and running shoe recommendations.

The Instructor – Dawn Nunes

Dawn is an enthusiastic sportswoman and Physiotherapist with over 15 years of experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy

Dawn is an enthusiastic sportswoman and Physiotherapist with over 15 years of experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy in South Africa and the UK. Her passion is to help people lead an active lifestyle preventing and rehabilitating injuries. She has worked with and traveled with team sports including the National Welsh under 18 Girls Hockey Team, South African over 45s Men Touch Rugby, and provincial netball. Dawn is passionate to share her knowledge through lecturing/presenting, blogging, and vlogging.

The Courses

Over 300 people have completed all four courses in this programme but you don’t have to complete all four. As with all our programmes you can complete any of the course individually or as a programme, whichever works for you! The courses are listed below.

An Introduction to Understanding Your Runner
The popularity of running has increased dramatically over the last decade. People run for many reasons such as to have better health, to compete, to become part of a runner’s community, to manage their weight or to cope with emotional distress. Therefore when assessing running injuries, it’s important to consider the personality of the runner and the psychological aspects involved with their running. Knowing your runner and understanding their motivation will help you in planning successful management.

Delve Deeper into The Subjective Assessment

Subjective Assessment of a Runner
The most‌ important aspect of any physiotherapy intervention is the assessment. A detailed subjective assessment is key to identifying internal and external factors that could be impacting runners and their recovery from injury. Dawn Nunes, a runner and a physiotherapist, designed this course to help you understand how to subjectively assess your runners by asking tailored questions about their running.This course aims to introduce the subjective assessment of runners and explore its important role in running assessments.

Perform a Specific Running Subjective Assessment

Shoe Analysis – Shoe Anatomy
Selecting the best running shoe takes careful consideration. Because the market is flooded with many brands and styles of running shoes, it is important that runners find the shoe that best fits their feet and their needs. Research and injury patterns have shown that there are some general characteristics of a good and safe running shoe. In this course, Dawn Nunes gives you the necessary tools to understand the different components of a running shoe, how the shoe may influence a runner, and its potential effect on injuries.This course aims to provide an in-depth look at the anatomy of a running shoe and the influence it will have on a runner.

Confidently Guide Runners in Selecting a Shoe

Assessment and Fitting of a Running Shoe
The selection of a running shoe can be overwhelming for a runner within a market full of shoes of different weights, designs, features and materials and prices. Runners often consult physiotherapists on what shoe will best suit their abilities and needs. Clinicians, therefore, need to be informed on the continuous changes and updates in footwear as well as the scientific evidence available in order to provide sound advice to their clients. In this course, Dawn Nunes provides a refreshing discussion on how to find the right shoe fit for each runner. This course aims to discuss shoe fit and explore factors that should be considered when advising runners on shoe selection.

Perfect the Art of Fitting Running Shoes