Training Courses for Professionals


1.0 Fundamentals of Running Injuries

(17 hours)


This course has been delivered more than a hundred times, on 5 continents. This course has brought about major changes in the practice of thousands of healthcare professionals. Developed using the most recent scientific evidence, it questions several current unjustified practices. It is the initial step towards becoming a Running Specialist recognized by The Running Clinic.





1.1 Diagnosis of Lower Limb Injuries: Practical Aspects

(16 hours)


Which physical tests are really useful in practice, and supported by research? In this course, you will learn a structured process to streamline your subjective and objective assessment, and better diagnose running injuries, based on the latest science. You will also practice hands-on assessment skills, so you can accurately identify pathologies and orientate your treatment plan accordingly. Get ready to optimize your clinical reasoning, and get your patients on the right track better and faster!





1.2 Treatment of Lower Limb Injuries: Practical Aspects

(16 hours)


This two-day practical course, complementary to 1.0 Fundamentals of Running Injuries, features evidence-based concepts regarding tissue loading and adaptation for runners. It presents a refined, research-based vision of and approach to the more than 100 therapeutic exercises recommended by various international experts to improve the strength, proprioception and lower limb control of runners. It will make you practice and integrate those exercises, learn to better target and master them and develop a critique of certain approaches. It will provide you with all the relevant science, a lot of practical skills and plenty of new ideas to better guide your runner patients.


Course 1.0 is a prerequisite. This course is only offered in French – for now, so stay tuned!



1.3 Runner's Foot Care

(10.5 hours)


This one-day practical course, complementary to 1.0 Fundamentals of Running Injuries, features exchanges between podiatrists and physiotherapists on the theoretical foundations and empirical evidence of the contribution of podiatry to the education, care and well-being of runners of all levels. It will bring you up to date with the best current practices to optimize how you diagnose, treat and prevent more than 60 pathologies of the foot, in the field and in your clinic. The interdisciplinary discussions at the core of this course will enhance your skills on when and how to prepare and treat the feet of runners, choose and modify shoes as well as use orthotics appropriately.


This course is only offered in French – for now, so stay tuned!



1.4 All About Footwear

(10 hours, online course)


This online course features best practices relative to the recommendation and use of sports footwear. A theoretical online module is complemented with videos, scientific references, clinical tools, clinical cases and one Skype conversation with Blaise Dubois, PT and expert on the topic. This is highly recommended to anyone interested in the scientific evidence about running footwear.


This course is in development, will be offered without prerequisites and will include an exam assessing knowledge acquisition and integration.



1.5 Expert Secrets: Mechanical Stress Quantification, from A to Z

(10 hours, online course)


This online course presents all the theories underlying the most essential clinical tool in musculoskeletal medicine: Mechanical Stress Quantification. This module aims at a practical and clinical mastery of the concepts of gradual exposure to mechanical stress, load management, homeostasis and progressive overload to enhance tissue adaptation. The theoretical component of this course is enriched with concrete case studies and tools specific to each of the pathologies most frequently observed in runners and non-runners. This online course will provide you with a deep understanding of Mechanical Stress Quantification and will allow you to explain it in a structured, clear and individualized way. Clinical improvement and success guaranteed!


This course is in development, will be offered without prerequisites and will include an exam assessing knowledge acquisition and integration.



1.6 Science in Practice: Applying Research for Clinicians

(8 hours, online course)


Are you interested in sports medicine research? Do you read scientific articles and would you like to take your analysis to the next level? The Running Clinic has created this online training course for you! Through various modules, Jean-Francois Esculier (physiotherapist, PhD, Director of Research and Development at The Running Clinic) will introduce key concepts that will help you integrate evidence-based data into your clinical practice. There are no prerequisites for this course. Both beginners and seasoned professionals will acquire tools to guide their patients toward the most effective treatments and get the best clinical results based on applied research! No useless jargon, only concepts that are accessible and useful, explained by a clinician-scientist. Don't miss out on this opportunity!


This course is offered without prerequisites and includes an exam assessing knowledge acquisition and integration.





1.7 Training Principles and Planning

(7 hours)


This one-day course lays out the founding principles for planning and monitoring how endurance athletes, from casual runners to world-class elites, train and compete on trails, tracks and roads, as well as in triathlons. It will provide you with a deep and applied understanding of micro- and macro-cycles, periodisation, maximal aerobic velocity and oxygen consumption, running economy, high-intensity interval training, sharpening and substrate utilisation, among other key concepts. It will make you better equipped to support and accompany athletes all along their training sessions, seasons and career.


This course is a prerequisite for the advanced 6-day course 2.7 Expert in Coaching Runners, both of which are only offered in French – for now, so stay tuned!



1.8 Sports Nutrition and Micro-Nutrition in Endurance Sports

(7 hours)


This one-day course presents essential knowledge to integrate nutrition and micro-nutrition for endurance sports in daily life and professional practice to manage and improve the health and performance of athletes. It is aimed at health professionals and enthusiasts who understand the basics of sports nutrition. It uses the latest validated scientific knowledge to take a critical look at the role of nutrition in performance and the prevention of pathologies and major functional disorders met in endurance sports. It will teach you how to design and adapt endurance sports-specific nutritional protocols according to the demands of training and competition.


This course is offered without prerequisites, but only in French – for now, so stay tuned!



1.9 The Female Runner: Puberty, Perinatal, Perimenopause and Abdomino-Pelvic Health

(14 hours)


This 2-day theoretical and practical course provides essential knowledge and skills on women’s running and abdomino-pelvic health in runners. The course addresses the influence of puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, breastfeeding, and menopause, to promote safe running throughout a woman’s lifespan. It also presents the main abdomino-pelvic disorders encountered by runners and offers tools aimed at preventing and managing these disorders. Course highlights include a unique decisional algorithm and six programs for return-to-running postpartum developed by the Running Clinic’s international team of experts.





1.10 PEACE & LOVE: Management of soft-tissue injuries

(8 hours, online course)


This course presents the best practices in the management of soft-tissue injuries, stemming from the latest scientific research. Results from over 80 systematic reviews and expert consensus statements are analyzed and summarized into relevant clinical applications. The course explores the theoretical foundations and empirical evidence about tissue healing from immediate care (PEACE) to subsequent management (LOVE). It includes close to 5 hours of video presentations, a wide range of downloadable educational tools, as well as 4 case studies. The rationale, timing and practical applications of the PEACE & LOVE approach are discussed. Your patients presenting with soft-tissue injuries will thank you for getting them back to their normal activities faster, and with better long-term outcomes!


This course is offered without prerequisites and includes an exam assessing knowledge acquisition and integration.





2.0 Expert in Running

(40 hours)


The 2.0 Expert in Running Course is the most advanced training course currently available in health care related to the field of running. This course is designed for experienced professionals who have treated several running injuries and who aspire to become specialists in this field. Developed by academic experts, Expert 2.0 is intended to optimize the quality of care offered and expand your practice!


Course 1.0 is a prerequisite.






Lectures for Healthcare Professionals


The Secret in the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries

(45 minutes to 3 hours)


Analyzed from a clinical and scientific standpoint, this lecture addresses several paradoxes of modern musculoskeletal medicine and features the most important tool to use in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries: load management. Through concrete examples supported by evidence-based data, health professionals are led to reconsider and update certain aspects of their clinical practice.



Running Shoes: Science, Controversies and Practical Aspects

(45 minutes to 3 hours)


Based on our internationally recognized course “New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries”, this lecture revisits several topics such as scientific evidence, controversies, market trends and practical aspects such as shoe prescription. Other topics such as the influence of shoes on running biomechanics are also briefly discussed.




Performing Without Getting Injured (For kinesiologists, coaches, physical educators)

(45 minutes to 3 hours)


This course has brought about major changes in the practice of countless coaching professionals, physical educators and kinesiologists. Developed using the most recent scientific evidence, this course questions several current unjustified practices. We’ll cover training planning, biomechanics, orthoses and shoes, as well as several tips on how to prevent injuries... and run faster!



Injury Prevention Among Developing Children

(45 minutes to 3 hours)


This specialized course intended for physical educators features new scientific evidence and new trends in the prevention of injuries among primary school age children. Theoretical presentation and hands-on practice on everything related to physical activity in children: flexibility, strengthening, load management, shoes, orthoses, training principles, warm-ups and much more.



Osteoarthritis in Sports

(45 minutes to 3 hours)


“If you run for several years on a regular basis, you are bound to develop osteoarthritis of the knee.” These words of caution are often given by various health professionals. However, is there actual scientific evidence to support this recommendation? This lecture, which was developed especially for physicians and other health professionals, examines the most recent studies related to the short-term and long-term effects of running on joints of the lower limb. Clinical tips on the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis in runners are also presented. If running scares you, expect a paradigm shift!




Public Lectures



(1) Run Faster and Injury Free

(1 to 2 hours)


Delivered in 15 different countries, this lecture has changed the way thousands of runners approach running. Using the most recent scientific evidence, several current unjustified practices are questioned. Training planning, biomechanics, flexibility, orthotics and shoes: this lecture provides professional advice as well as several tips on how to prevent injuries... and run faster!



(2) Myths and Realities About Running

(1 to 2 hours)


This lecture debunks false beliefs and popular myths that people still think are true today concerning running, using modern scientific evidence. Rigorous, filled with new concepts and presented with great humor, this powerful lecture might surprise you! Topics we’ll discuss include anti-inflammatory drugs, compression socks, hydration, stretching, and more!



(3) Improve your Running Performance

(1 to 2 hours)


This 2-hour lecture combines the expertise of 2 specialists who will provide you with practical tips to help you push your limits. Guy Thibault, PhD in Exercise Physiology and specialist in endurance sports, combines his knowledge with Blaise Dubois, expert in running biomechanics. Interval training, running economy, physiological limits, VO2 max, shoes, biomechanics and tapering will be discussed. Caution: You may end up cutting down your personal best times!



(4) Tips for Trail Runners

(1 to 2 hours)


Recommendations concerning injury prevention and performance in trail and ultra-trail running are unique and distinct from what is prescribed to road runners. Minimalist and maximalist shoes, foot contact, increased training volume and intense preparation weekends are some of the subjects covered during this lecture. Supported by the latest scientific evidence, the topics explored are backed by available research.