Healthy Running covers advanced running form, strength training, range of motion, aerobic development, motor skill development, injury assessment and treatment, and running shoe prescription. Content is evidence based with numerous case scenarios and hands-on analysis to apply concepts learned.

Chairmen Mark Cucuzzella, MD and Jay Dicharry MPT, SCS. Director Ian Adamson, MS, BS.

Registration Fees

Running medical education Closed

Medical professionals

Running medical education Closed

Coaches, trainers, runners

Running medical education Closed

Students, DoD and DoD affiliates

Course Information

COURSE TIMES: Saturday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

CHAIRMEN: Mark Cucuzzella, MD, Jay Dicharry MPT, SCS

DIRECTOR: Ian Adamson, MS, BS

TEXTBOOK (provided): Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry

REFERENCE APPS: Muscle System Pro III, Apple App Store; Skeletal System Pro III, Apple App Store

ATTIRE: Running apparel and shoes. Weather is mild to warm and sunny in January in Southern California. Temperatures range for mid 40s early morning to high 60s in the afternoon.

Program Details

Healthy Running for medical and fitness professionals focuses on the energetics of running, injury evaluation and treatment. Content is evidence based with numerous case scenarios and hands-on analysis to apply concepts learned.

Saturday sessions includes the anthropologic basis of running, aerobic development, recovery principals and practice, overtraining syndrome, coordination and peaking, nutrition for health and performance, warm up and cool down.

The role of footwear on runners is examined, including the evolution of running shoes, design, technology and the relationship to injury.

The afternoon workshop addresses strength training, range of motion/mobility and motor function.

Day two examines the injured runner, the triad of running injuries, tissue specificity, anatomy, biomechanics and clinical evaluation of mobility and strength.

The afternoon workshop assesses running from a clinical perspective, prescription of strength, mobility, and gait cues based on specific findings. Stability, core work, mobility and stretching principles area addressed.

The course ends with medical issues for runners, including heat illness, physiology, and treatment. Newton Running Coaches completing this course are eligible to receive the Newton Running Level 2 coach certification. Certification is at no additional cost.

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, sports medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches and other professionals interested in maintaining and promoting the health of runners.

Learning Objectives

After this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the pathophysiological process behind running injuries and the new treatment concepts relating to these pathologies.
  • Improve hisher clinical efficiency through a better knowledge of objective diagnostic assessments and their place in the clinical exam of an injured runner.
  • Discuss the new theories behind tissue stress, adaptation and preventive stress. 
  • Recognize the relationship between running biomechanics and the risk of injuries.
  • Build a program to help an injured runner return to running using the theoretical principles relating to different energy systems, cross-training and warm-up.
  • Discuss the science behind running shoe technology, plantar orthoses, flexibility and strengthening in the prevention and treatment of running injuries.
  • Discuss the science and practical application of aerobic development, speed training, and periodization.
  • Describe the principles and be able to teach efficient running form including supplemental drills.
  • Evaluate a patient for movement dysfunction during a clinical visit and provide simple corrective measures.
  • Discuss Clinical Injury assessment and exam and specific corrective exercises.
  • Describe practical gait analysis, cues, and corrections.
  • Discuss Nutrition for health and performance.
  • Prescribe footwear to complement the patient’s current movement pattern and how to safely transition them to more functional footwear.

Continuing Education Credit

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The two day Healthy Running course provides 16 hours Cat 1 AMA CME. 

Rausch Physical Therapy provides CEU credits for Physical Therapists.

This course provides a certificate of completion listing credit hours.

Course Location and Parking

Rausch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance

28202 Cabot Rd

Suite 150

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 - (949) 276-5401- fax (949) 276-5403 

Confirmation & Cancellation

Upon receipt of registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation.

Registration fees will be refunded (less a $50 administrative fee) for cancellations received a minimum of 14 days prior to the activity date. No refunds will be granted for registration fees of less than $50 or for cancellations made within 13 days of the activity.

The Healthy Running reserves the right to cancel courses if necessary. In this case, reimbursement of registration fees will not assess the $50 administrative fee. All other expenses incurred associated with this course activity are the sole responsibility of the participant.

Conference Faculty


Mark Cucuzzella, MD

Professor Family Medicine West Virginia University Department of Family Medicine Lt Col US Air Force Reserves, elite masters runner

Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

REP Biomechanics Lab, Director Rebound Physical Therapy Bend, OR


Ian Adamson, BS, MS

Director of Research & Education at Newton Running Company, 7x World Champion, 3x World Record Holder, X-Games Gold Medalist


Kevin Rausch, MPT

Owner and president of Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports Performance

Presented By

BackJoy                    Newton Running



Event Schedule

  • January 25 7:30 AM PST - Registration, breakfast (provided)

  • January 25 8:00 AM PST - Anthropologic basis of running

  • January 25 8:20 AM PST - Aerobic development

  • January 25 8:50 AM PST - The role of intensity

  • January 25 9:30 AM PST - Recovery principals, practice and overtraining

  • January 25 10:00 AM PST - Refreshment break

  • January 25 10:15 AM PST - Coordination and peaking

  • January 25 10:45 AM PST - Warm up and cool down

  • January 25 11:00 AM PST - Nutrition and performance

  • January 25 11:30 AM PST - Lunch (provided), discussion and case study

  • January 25 12:10 PM PST - Footwear evolution, design and technology

  • January 25 12:50 PM PST - Influence of footwear on gait

  • January 25 1:20 PM PST - Relationship to injury

  • January 25 1:40 PM PST - Fitting issues and adaptive devices

  • January 25 1:50 PM PST - Refreshment break

  • January 25 2:00 PM PST - Stability, mobility and strength workshops

  • January 25 3:00 PM PST - Movement patterns for efficiency and injury reduction

  • January 25 4:00 PM PST - Form drills for motor skill re-enforcement

  • January 25 5:00 PM PST - End day one lectures

  • January 25 5:00 PM PST - Optional easy group run

  • January 26 7:30 AM PST - Breakfast (provided)

  • January 26 8:00 AM PST - Triad of Running Injuries

  • January 26 8:30 AM PST - Tissue specificity: micro-anatomy

  • January 26 9:00 AM PST - Baby biomechanics

  • January 26 9:45 AM PST - Refreshment break

  • January 26 10:00 AM PST - Impact of strength and mobility on impact

  • January 26 10:45 AM PST - Identifying and fixing problems

  • January 26 11:15 AM PST - Optimizing the runner; sprinting to distance

  • January 26 12:00 PM PST - Lunch (provided) and discussion: medical issues in endurance sports

  • January 26 1:00 PM PST - Clinical running analysis: visual gait tool

  • January 26 2:00 PM PST - Clinical mobility and stability assessment

  • January 26 3:00 PM PST - Refreshment break

  • January 26 3:10 PM PST - Evaluation and treatment workshop

  • January 26 5:00 PM PST - End program

Contact Information

Event Location

28202 Cabot Road, Laguna Niguel, CA

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