Online Physical Therapy Courses

Course Instructor

Keith Christianssen, PT, MTC attended San Diego State University, where he majored in Athletic Training. He went on to Northwestern University Medical School where he received his degree in Physical Therapy in 1990. After graduating from Northwestern, Keith returned to San Diego where he worked with athletes at Mesa Junior College and San Diego State University to complete his Athletic Training certification in 1993. Keith then completed his Certification in Manual Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in Florida. Keiths clinical experience includes being an athletic trainer with two colleges, the assistant athletic trainer for an IHL hockey club, the head athletic trainer for an RHI hockey club, and has worked closely with athletic trainers from the NFL, MLB, MISL and NHL teams to maximize the players rehabilitation. Keith has been a contributing author to two Physical Therapy textbooks, and has written articles on rehabilitation, human performance, and biomechanics for several national publications. He currently provides content for a golf magazine, and several running publications. Keith has been teaching Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity, Orthotic Management, and Joint Mobilization courses for over 20 years. Currently, Keith owns and operates Impact Sports Medicine, which is located in the suburbs West of Denver, Colorado. In his clinic, the therapists take a functional approach to rehabilitation, and utilize video analysis to evaluate biomechanics on a regular basis.

The Running Course - The Next Step


This two day advanced running course applies the most current optimal evidence based information for the evaluation and treatment of running injuries. Information is delivered through a format that combines interactive lecture and comprehensive laboratory sessions. Analysis of the biomechanics of running through physical evaluation and video analysis will prepare the course participant in the clinical decision making process required to develop comprehensive treatment programs. Specific strategies are presented in determining how to identify key elements in video gait analysis and how to apply findings to improve running and gait. In addition, time is spent on types of video analysis equipment and software, and how to implement these technologies into your practice. Course emphasis will also be placed on running mechanics, performance, and how to identify potential injuries through mechanical analysis. Once injuries are identified, discussion will focus on biomechanical and functional approaches to rehabilitation. Current evidence based information is provided on foot taping, shoe design, over the counter arch supports and determining the need for the correct orthotics. Age related changes, tissue physiology and abnormal mechanics are discussed to help the clinician through a process of differential diagnosis to develop appropriate patient specific solutions. Case studies will be presented throughout the two days to exhibit the concepts and applications. Each participant will take an active role throughout this course to discuss and apply the information provided. The main goal of this course is to enable therapists to feel confident in a comprehensive approach allowing them to achieve superior outcomes when they return to their clinics, ready to implement and market a successful running program.

Category: Running Course, physical therapy continuing education course, occupational therapy continuing education course

Professional Attendance: This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.


  • Describe the mechanical factors that influence running form and performance.
  • Describe the current evidence regarding running impacts and foot pronation as they relate to running injuries.
  • Understand the individualistic nature of the running form and the need to avoid common generalizations in injury management.
  • Conduct a thorough physical examination of an injured runner incorporating aspects of the tissue stress theory.
  • Make appropriate running shoe recommendations and determine the need for foot orthotics.
  • Utilize and perform common foot and ankle taping techniques as part of the clinical decision making process.
  • Determine the proper equipment to conduct a video running analysis and identify factors that can influence its accuracy.
  • Perform a systematic and comprehensive video analysis of an individual running.
  • Understand how to integrate findings from the physical examination and video analysis to determine appropriate injury management.
  • Develop rehabilitation exercise programs for common running-related injuries, such as patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band syndrome.
  • Describe the benefits of running form modification as part of the rehabilitation strategy.
  • Understand the biomechanical changes associated with the gait of older runners and the resulting influence on treatment considerations.
  • Identify training-related risk factors for running injuries and an appropriate return-to-running program.

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    The Running Course - The Next Step





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    Sep 27, 14Sep 28, 14Multicare Tacoma General Hospital

    Tacoma, WA


    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Oct 25, 14Oct 26, 14Good Samaritan Hospital

    Los Angeles, CA


    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Nov 08, 14Nov 09, 14NRH Regional Rehab OCOR

    Washington, DC


    $425.0018.00View HotelsRegister
    Nov 15, 14Nov 16, 14St. Vincent's Hospital

    Worcester, MA


    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapist and occupational therapist license renewal in the state the course is offered. For additional inquiry regarding approval in a particular state contact us



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