Physical Therapy Certification for Runners

In the dynamic field of physical therapy, specialization is key to success and impact. RunDNA’s Physical Therapy Running Certification, designed for physical therapists and running specialists, sets a new benchmark. It offers an unparalleled opportunity for therapists to excel in treating runners and enhancing running performance. This program is meticulously designed to blend theoretical knowledge with practical skills, ensuring you are equipped to address the unique challenges runners face.

By choosing this running coach certification, you’re not just enhancing your professional toolkit; you’re stepping into a role that transforms the health and performance of runners.

Core Components of Our Physical Therapy Running Certification Program

RunDNA’s Physical Therapy Running Certification program offers a comprehensive approach to expanding your physical therapy practice for runners, focusing on preventing injuries and enhancing performance. Central to the program is the application of scientific principles in training, addressing the common issue of training load errors, which account for about 60% of running injuries.

The program emphasizes a systematic approach to individualizing training plans, utilizing Rate of Perceived Exertion and Acute to Chronic Workload Ratios for accurately quantifying training load. This method is crucial in preventing training progression errors such as excessive or rapid increases in workload.

Participants will gain insights into exercise science, coaching philosophy, and the design of annual training plans, including workout and event-specific training principles. This comprehensive curriculum ensures the personalization of training strategies, aiming for optimal injury prevention and performance improvement results.

Our program blends scientific training principles with practical applications, equipping therapists with the necessary skills to address the unique challenges faced by runners effectively.

Comprehensive Curriculum Tailored for Runners

  • In-Depth Study of Running Biomechanics and Gait Analysis: Understanding the mechanics of running is crucial. Our curriculum covers the intricacies of gait patterns, muscle usage, and common running related injuries, making you a certified running gait analyst.
  • Injury Prevention and Management: Learn strategies for preventing common running injuries and effective techniques for managing them when they occur.
  • Rehabilitation Techniques: Gain experience in advanced rehabilitation methods specifically designed for runners, enhancing recovery and performance.

Continuous Learning and Professional Development

  • Ongoing Research and Continuing Education: Stay abreast of the latest research in running therapy. Our program includes continuous updates to the curriculum, reflecting the newest findings and techniques, and offers online courses for continuing education.
  • Professional Networking Opportunities: Connect with a network of professionals in the field, opening doors to collaborative opportunities and career advancement.

The RunDNA systematic approach unpacks the layers of coaching and focuses on maximizing personalization in training. It was immediately applicable as a tool in coaching distance runners and equipped me with more confidence, and most importantly, results for my runners.

-Coach LK, USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist, USATF Cross Country Specialist, CRGA1, CRGA2, ERC1

Understanding the demands of training at this level is a must for any medical practitioner who wants to work with our runners. Collaboration between medical, coaching and other physio support staff is imperative for the success of our athletes and RunDNA gets at the heart of this.

-Joan Hunter, Head Coach Tinman Elite

The coursework was easy to follow and kept me interested throughout. I am excited to apply what I have learned to both my coaching and personal training careers.

This was a great course and the information is useful in training myself, providing training tips for patients and also evaluating plans they are currently using. I really enjoyed this course and found it very motivating!

Great informational course! I have taken other run coach certifications in the past that have disappointed me, this one largely made me a better coach. Thank you!

RunDNA Endurance Running Course
RunDNA Endurance Running Course
Becoming a RunDNA Certified Therapist
Becoming a RunDNA Certified Therapist

Benefits of Becoming a RunDNA Certified Therapist

Becoming a RunDNA Certified Therapist opens up a realm of professional and personal benefits. This certification is a testament to your expertise in the niche field of running therapy and a gateway to numerous opportunities that enhance your career and practice.


Enhanced Professional Credibility

A physical therapy running certification from RunDNA elevates your status as a specialist in running-related physical therapy. This recognition significantly enhances your professional standing, setting you apart in a competitive field. The certification is not merely a credential; it’s a testament to your advanced training and dedication to specialized care in running therapy. It validates your expertise and commitment, making you a preferred choice for clients and employers.


Expanded Career Opportunities

As a RunDNA Certified Therapist, specializing in sports rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise, you’ll find that your expertise often leads to an expanded client base. Endurance athletes and running athletes, who are typically keen on seeking therapists with targeted expertise, will be more inclined to choose a certified professional.

Additionally, this certification opens doors to networking with experts in the field. It connects you with a community of professionals, fostering collaborative opportunities and knowledge exchange, which can lead to new career paths and professional growth.


Improved Treatment Outcomes and Running Form

The comprehensive training you receive as part of the certification equips you with an advanced skill set. This enables you to provide superior care and achieve better treatment outcomes for runners. Moreover, the program’s emphasis on continuous learning ensures that your practices remain up-to-date with the latest research and developments in running therapy. This commitment to staying current in your field translates to high-quality client care for all running athlete you help.


Personal Satisfaction and Growth

Choosing to specialize in an area you are passionate about, such as running therapy, brings a deep sense of personal fulfillment and professional pride. This continuous journey of growth enhances your skills and knowledge and contributes to your overall satisfaction and enthusiasm in your career as a physical therapist.

Course Objectives

RunDNA Endurance Running Course

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three main components of the RunDNA Coaching Philosophy
  • Identify the five steps in the RunDNA coaching systematic approach
  • Articulate the difference between aerobic and anaerobic energy systems
  • Articulate how the envelope of function relates to training and injuries
  • Interpret testing results to identify Minimum Effective Dosage
  • Discuss the difference between Type I and Type II muscle fibers
  • Identify two variables that limit performance in distance running
  • Explain how training load is calculated using duration and RPE
  • Identify the times that using pace over perceived effort would be beneficial
  • Discuss the difference between the base versus build phases of an annual training plan
  • Discuss the RULES acronym and how it plays into successful coaching
  • Discuss how the results of a 2-mile efficiency test will help with run training planning
  • Identify four variables that can be manipulated when designing a workout
  • Articulate the difference between the main types of workouts (i.e. long run versus tempo)
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Take the Next Step in Your Physical Therapy Career with RunDNA

Embarking on RunDNA’s physical therapy running certification, a comprehensive physical therapy program, is more than just enhancing your professional credentials; it’s about taking a significant step forward in your career as a PT DPT. This program allows you to learn at your own pace, making it ideal for busy physical therapists, athletic trainers, and rehabilitation specialists.

By choosing to specialize, you’re positioning yourself as a leader in a challenging and rewarding field. Sign up today and take the first step towards a more fulfilling and successful career in physical therapy.

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Physical Therapy Career with RunDNA
Physical Therapy Career with RunDNA
Frequently asked questions

How long do I have access to the course?

After signing up, you’ll gain unlimited instant access to the course. You can access this course both on the website and the mobile app, allowing you to view it wherever you choose and at a pace that suits you.

Who is this course for?

If you’re looking to understand the principles of running training, this course is perfect for you! Run Coaches, this course offers a methodical strategy for creating personalized plans that are known to deliver excellent results. For those in the Medical and Fitness fields, familiarize yourself with terms and ideas that can help your clients achieve their peak performance. Many runners coach themselves, so it’s essential to be informed to avoid hitting a plateau or, even worse, sustaining an injury. You don’t need any prior background or specific technology to fully benefit from this course.

Is the course approved for CEUs?

Continuing Education hours: 7.5 (see below)

Total time: typically 7.5 hours

For States and organizations that allow licensees to submit courses for approval, please download our course details handout with all the information you need to submit to receive ceu credit.


Below are States and Organizations that have approved this course.

RunDNA is recognized by the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.

BOC: The course is approved for 7.5 Class A CEUs through the BOC.

ACSM: The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “Run DNA” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2020 – December 2023). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership #876886

NSCA: The National Strength and Conditioning Association approved 0.7 CEU(s) or 7 contact hours in category C for certified individuals who successfully complete this course. Approved Activity Code: L1647-HSL1ER. Please note: NSCA completion certificates for this course must be requested by email at Education@RunDNA.com.



IL: C.E. Approved Sponsor License #: 216.000356

TX: 77029; 8 CEUs

The following states do not require accreditation, however, please confirm with your state board for any changes: AL, CT, IA, ME, MA, MT, NE, NH, UT, WA

The following states accept accreditation from other states, however, please confirm with your state board for any changes: AK, DE, HI, KS, KT, MI, NM, NC, ND, OR, SD, VA

Have questions or specific learning needs? Please contact Education@RunDNA.com.

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Minimum System Requirements: smartphone, laptop, or computer
Skill Level: Beginner

Are there requirements to maintain certification?

Although we strongly recommend that you pursue further learning (and we’ll offer chances for you to do just that), there’s no obligation to uphold the certification.