Biomechanics and Running Retaining course - London

25 (Sat) and 26 (Sun) April 2020 08:45 - 17:00 (GMT)

Pure Sport Medicine - Canary Wharf
Level 2
Cabot Place West
E14 4QT


This highly practical course will give you the skills and knowledge to diagnose and manage biomechanical deficits associated with lower limb injuries in runners.

The course explores ideal lower limb biomechanics, provide an overview of how common biomechanical faults link to injury in runners, and how to identify and address them in a clinical setting.

The evidence behind, and practical application of interventions including prefabricated foot orthoses prescription, taping, movement pattern retraining, exercise rehabilitation, and adjunctive manual therapy for common lower limb injuries are explored. 

The course is delivered by Dr Christian Barton and will be a mixture of lectures, discussions and practical workshops. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Appreciate and use biomechanical principles including load management when treating the injured runner
  • Develop or improve you knowledge and confidence to complete a thorough running assessment
  • Know when and how to implement running retraining, including strategies beyond step rate and strike pattern
  • Understand exercise prescription principles and how to apply them to rehabilitation of injured runners
  • Improve your knowledge and capacity to educate runners about load management, technique, and exercise
  • Help runners at your clinic run pain-free, and improve their performance

Course Outline:

0845 Registration

0900 Principles and Definitions to consider during assessment and rehabilitation

0930 Ideal Running Biomechanics

1000 Common Biomechanical Faults and Links to Injury

1045 Break

1100 Assessment of Potential Contributing Factors to Faulty Biomechanics: static and dynamic. 

1230 Lunch

1300 Gait/Running retraining

1515 Break

1530 Footwear Assessment and Intervention including consideration to barefoot running

1615 Case examples and clinical reasoning

1700 Close


  • Each activity will consist of theoretical and practical components. 
  • Please bring shorts to the course for practical sessions. 
  • Refreshments including tea and coffee will be provided


Dr Christian Barton PhD, BPhysio (Hons), MCSP, MAPA

Christian qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 in Australia, and completed his PhD relating to patellofemoral pain, lower limb biomechanics, and predictors of foot orthoses outcomes in 2010.

At various private practices and sports medicine centres in Australia and London he has continued to combine research with clinical practice, maintaining part time research roles including student supervision in the ‘Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine’ at Queen Mary University of London; as Research Director at Pure Sports Medicine in London, and as a Research Fellow in La Trobe University’s Musculoskeletal Research Centre. His current research interests include developing guidelines for running retraining interventions, lower limb biomechanics associated with various pathologies, and improving the translation of research to clinical practice. Clinically, Christian specialises in the management of knee and patellofemoral pain, and running related injuries.

Christian has many peer reviewed publications. He is also the lead author of the 'Clinical aspects of biomechanics and sporting injuries' Chapter in the most recent addition of Brukner and Khan's 'Clinical Sports Medicine'.

Here is a google scholar profile with list of his publications:

Christian's blogs, which might be useful to read:

The course venue

Pure Sport Medicine - Canary Wharf

Level 2

Cabot Place West
E14 4QT

Pure Sport Medicine - Canary Wharf website

How to get there

Travel Information:

CANARY WHARF - DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY (DLR) Travel time: 1 min walk Distance: 0.05 km + fly of stairs

CANARY WHARF - JUBILEE LINE UNDERGROUND Travel time: 5 min walk Distance : 0.2 km

Pure Sports Medicine practice is above the Tesco supermarket in Canary Wharf


City Airport: 8 km/ 5 miles away Travel: 15 min by car/taxi or 15 min via DLR DLR: take a DLR train towards Lewisham/ Canary Wharf, may need to change in Poplar.

Heathrow Airport: 36 km / 22 miles away Travel: 60 min by car/taxi or 1h 20 min via London Underground + DLR Underground: take Piccadilly Line to Holborn and change for Central Line from Holborn to Bank DLR: take any DLR train from Bank going in directions to Lewisham/Canary Wharf

Stansted Airport: 56 km / 35 miles away Travel: 53 min by car/taxi or 1h 20min via Stansted Express train + Underground + DLR or 1 h 40 min via Stanstead Airport Bus + DLR Stanstead Express Train: from airport to Liverpool Street Station + London Underground on Central Line ( 1 stop to Bank Station) or Circle line (2 stops to Tower Hill Station). DLR: from Bank or Tower Hill Station (both, 5 stops away to Canary Wharf). Take any DLR train going in directions to Lewisham or Canary Wharf. Bus from the Airport: National Express or Terravision to Stratford Station + direct DLR train from Stratford to Canary Wharf

Gatwick Airport: 81 km / 50 miles away Travel: 70 min by car/taxi or 1- 1.30 min by train + Underground + DLR Train: Gatwick Express from airport to Victoria Station (40 min) or National Railway train from airport to Victoria Station (45 - 60 min) or to London Bridge (50 min - 1.10min) Underground: from Victoria Station take Victoria line to Oxford Street and change for Central Line to Bank Station / from London Bridge take Jubilee Line directly to Canary Wharf DLR: from Bank take any DLR train going in directions to Lewisham/ Canary Wharf