This course links specific running-focused exercises to improve running performance. You’ll see how to strengthen specific muscles and improve gait efficiency for faster times and more fluid runs. Plus you’ll learn how to eliminate anatomical imbalances that can lead to the most common injuries that runners face, including plantar fasciitis, lower-back pain, knee aches and strains, and torn muscles and tendons.
Whether you’re training a fitness runner looking to conquer hills with more speed and strength or a competitive runner looking for that extra edge in performance and a finishing kick, this course will ensure that you’re ready to help your clients achieve their personal best.
Dave Johnson, M.Ed., holds a degree in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University and two Master of Science in Education degrees from Wilkes University in Educational Technology and Curriculum Development. Over the past several years, Dave has worked with multiple K-12 and adult education entities in developing competency-based and standards-based curricula. Along with being an instructor with W.I.T.S. since 2009, Dave is Pennsylvania-certified Health and Physical Education teacher and has assisted with the development of several local interscholastic strength and conditioning programs in Pennsylvania.
Puleo, Joe, and Patrick Milroy. Running Anatomy. 2nd ed., Human Kinetics, 2019
Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the components of the running gait cycle.
- Analyze the biomechanics of running.
- Identify the major muscles, bones, and ligaments utilized while running.
- Determine effective strengthening exercises for runners.
- Describe the importance of alternative forms of training for runners.
Course Completion Requirements
To successfully complete this course, students must:
- View the student notes, Powerpoint presentation, and supplemental video for each module.
- Participate in all applicable discussions.
- Score a 100% on the 20-question Final Exam