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Running Fundamentals

Course Description

Mr. Walsh has taught this 2-day dynamic course internationally for over 19 years. Through didactic lessons, discussion, demonstration and practical sessions this course provides extensive anatomical and biomechanical review of the foot and ankle including lab based observation and video. Common faults in training programs as well as shoe and barefoot analysis and proper shoe prescription are discussed. Injuries and principles of rehabilitation, training techniques and correct form specific to the various running styles are also discussed.


  • Define and discuss the biomechanics of the lower quadrant as it pertains to traditional, minimalist and barefoot running
  • State and demonstrate the differences between the biomechanics of gait and running
  • Discuss the concepts of training, mileage, duration & intensity for a running client
  • Prescribe an appropriate running shoe with reference to body type, foot shape, running mechanics and style, and running history
  • Perform a complete running analysis to determine normal and abnormal biomechanics
  • Implement specific treatment techniques for injuries related to different running styles
  • Choose appropriate drills in movement re-education for a specific running dysfunction
  • Evaluate multi-segmental dysfunctions & demonstrate through example their interrelatedness in the running cycle

Intended Audience


Contact Hours

14 hours (1.4 CEUs)

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About the Instructor

Mr. Walsh has taught courses on biomechanics of the foot and ankle, gait, running, the lumbar spine and manual therapy course work internationally for over 20 years. He offers a dynamic interactive approach to his courses with emphasis on accurate functional movement, tissue differential diagnosis, clinical reasoning and patient case studies.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Matthew has presented his approaches at the Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport conferences and has served as team physiotherapist to the Canadian cross country ski team and the Alberta alpine ski team. With over 25 years of experience, Matt’s expertise has created opportunities for him to work with both professional and recreational athletes alike.

Now residing in Portland, Oregon, Matthew is practicing in the outpatient orthopedic disciple with a strong emphasis on working with runners. He is a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Matthew‘s research is investigating a qualitative study of advanced orthopedic physical therapists clinical practice knowledge. Matthew practices with a specialization in the assessment, treatment and training of the running athlete. He leads a Runner’s Clinic where he operates a weekly training, technique and strengthening program as well as teaches clinics for first time and high school running athletes.

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