• Location: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 65 Queens Road, VIC 3004

If you see runners in your clinic, or if you are a runner yourself, this event is a MUST attend.

At this symposium you will learn:

  • Some of the current hot topics in running including the use of wearable tech, alter G, running gait retraining and all the latest in shoes
  • Strength and conditioning of the runner with talks on foot strength, load monitoring and cross training
  • Injuries and more injuries: what to do with ITB, patellofemoral pain, Achilles tendinopathy, medial tibial stress

All these topics and many more, plus an appearance by 4-time Olympian Craig Mottram (long-distance and middle-distance runner for Australia)


8:00am – 8:55amRegistration
8:55am – 9:00amWelcome
Current Hot Topics in Running
9:00am – 9:20amAchilles Tendinopathy in the RunnerEbonie Rio
9:20am – 9:40amTempo Run? Threshold Run? Translating the Runners’ LingoNick Bowden
9:40am – 10:00amRunning shoe assessment and prescriptionRick Osler
10:00am – 10:20amWhat Did We Learn From the Barefoot Running Fad?Pete Garbutt
10:20am – 10:40amWearable Technology to Monitor Training Load and Injury Risk in RunningDr Chris Napier (Canada)
10:30am – 11:00amNetworking and Coffee Break
11:00am – 11:30amRunning Gait RetrainingJason Bonnacci
11:30am – 11:50amFoot StrengthSue Mayes
11:50am – 12:10pmRunner’s BowelRicardo Da Costa
12:10pm – 12:40pmFacilitated Panel Discussion: Psychology of the Injured RunnerCraig & Krystine Mottram
12:40pm – 1:30pmNetworking and Lunch
Strength and Conditioning
1:30pm – 1:50pmLoad Monitoring in the RunnerChris Napier
1:50pm – 2:10pmInnovations and Trends in Elite Sport – The Future is NowJohn Quinn
2:10pm – 2:30pmAlter GBrad Harrigan
2:30pm – 2:50pmIt’s all in the CalvesKevin Lieberthal
3:00pm – 3:30pmNetworking and Coffee Break
When Things Go Wrong
3:30pm – 3:50pmPlantar Heel PainJames Pope
3:50pm – 4:10pmManagement of ITB Syndrome in the RunnerChris Napier (Canada)
4:10pm – 4:30pmPatellofemoral Pain
4:30pm – 4:50pmManagement of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome in the RunnerChris Napier (Canada)
4:50pm – 5:00pmCross Training for the Injured RunnerJohn Quinn



Chris obtained his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth, Australia, in 2003, and his PhD (“Running biomechanics and injury prevention”) at the University of British Columbia in 2018. He is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University in wearable technology for monitoring training loads in running. He is also Director of the UBC Run Clinic, a clinical research facility specializing in the treatment and prevention of running injuries. Chris has over 15 years of clinical experience working with athletes from high school to professional level. He has been the physiotherapist with the Canadian Alpine Ski team (2006-08), the Canadian Ski Cross team (2008-10), and is currently a physiotherapist with Athletics Canada. He was on the Canadian Medical team for the 2008 FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships, 2010 Winter Olympics, 2015 Pan Am Games, and 2017 World Cross-Country Championships. Chris’ research interests include running biomechanics and injury prevention, particularly through the use of wearable technology.

Dr. Ricardo Costa is an academic, researcher, consultant and practitioner in sports dietetics and extremes physiology, based in the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Monash University, Australia. His publication outputs, in exploratory field and laboratory controlled intervention research, includes focus on the nutritional and hydration status in ultra-endurance running, physiological responses to ultra-endurance in the heat, impact of endurance exercise on the immune system and nutritional counter-measures, and the impact of endurance exercise (with and without heat-stress) on gut health including prevention and management strategies.
As a sports dietetic practitioner, he has provided nutritional support in a variety of sports (i.e., teams, aquatic, combat, endurance, ultra-endurance, adventure and expedition) ranging from junior development to veteran athletes, and from recreational to world championship and Olympic athletes.
Before entering a career in academics he was a professional trialthlete/duathlete competing on the World and European circuit between 1994-2003.

Sports chiropractor and author of “The Running Machine: A User’s Guide”, Pete Garbutt brings clinical practice and a love of running together to find solutions to get people running easier and with less injury. A former SMA state branch president and SMA Fellow, Pete is the current president of the International Sports Chiropractic Federation.

Kevin Lieberthal APAM, B.Physio (Honours) has 17 years of clinical experience in private practice, with a Masters in Exercise Science (Research). His research primarily focused on the impact of Achilles Tendon pathology on lower limb function in distance runners. Kevin lives to run and is a keen marathon and ultramarathon runner, having run multiple marathons and ultramarathons, including two Comrades Marathons in South Africa. Clinically, Kevin regularly treats distance runners from the weekly plodder, to a recent age group world triathlon champion and 24-hour Ultramarathon World Championship representative. Kevin has presented his research at the 2014 and 2016 SMA (Sports Medicine Australia) Conferences as well as presenting both lectures and running biomechanics workshops, including the Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA) group.

Rick Osler is a Podiatrist at St Kilda FC, & Partner of Sportspods – consulting at Lifecare Prahran Sports Medicine & Southern Suburbs Physio Centre.  Rick was a founder & Partner in Active Feet, a 4 store speciality run retail business. He is also the Podiatric trainer for The Athletes Foot Fit University program, is a shoe wear tester for several shoe companies, an Ironman triathlete, trail runner and avid consumer of all things RUNNING.  With many hats – research, clinical, retail, education, distribution and running consumer, Rick hope to provide a unique insight into the murky world of shoe assessment and prescription.


Ebonie is a National Medical Research Centre post doctoral research fellow at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre. She completed her Phd in neuroscience and tendon pain in 2015, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci. Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013, BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, The Australian Ballet Company, Melbourne Heart football club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour) and she was awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship at the AIS (2007).

The basis of Krystine’s expertise draws on her role as a wellbeing consultant, her experience with athletes and 12 years of academic studies in the areas of health sciences culminating in being awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology in which she undertook extensive studies to explore and enhance the psychological wellbeing of athletes. As a wellbeing advocate, Krystine knows that personal wellbeing is paramount to success and has a strong appreciation for neuroplasticity techniques in the pursuit of optimal wellbeing. Dr Krystine and Craig Mottram  established Elitewellbeing in 2012 – an organisation with the aim to educate, empower and encourage participants to be well and be elite.

Craig Mottram is a four time Olympian, World Championship and Commonwealth Games medalist and holds several, local, state national and international records. One of his most notable athletic highlights is running 12:55 for 5000m. Most importantly, Craig’s presence on the international athletics scene altered the culture of modern long distance running, as he beat the odds with his success against the dominant African nations, paving the way for others to do the same. Dr Krystine and Craig Mottram established Elitewellbeing in 2012 – an organisation with the aim to educate, empower and encourage participants to be well and be elite.

Jason Bonacci is a senior lecturer in biomechanics at Deakin University and practicing physiotherapist at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre. He is also the director of the 3D Gait Laboratory at Deakin University, specialising in running injury prevention, assessment and management. Jason has degrees in both exercise science and physiotherapy and obtained his PhD in running biomechanics in 2011 while based in the physiotherapy department at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). His research and clinical interests are in the area of running biomechanics and the management of lower limb overuse injuries.

Dr Natalie Collins is an APA Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist, and Lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. Her research and clinical practice focuses on optimising prognosis and outcomes for people with patellofemoral pain across the lifespan, including patellofemoral pain in adolescents and young adults, and patellofemoral osteoarthritis in later life. She coordinates musculoskeletal teaching programs at UQ, including postgraduate Sports and Musculoskeletal Masters students, and has contributed to leading international publications such as Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine. Natalie maintains a clinical role specialising in the management of people with knee pain and injury, with her previous roles including Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the Melbourne University Blues Football Club.

Brad is an APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist and a Director at SportsFit Physio & Health. Since graduating in 2004, he has worked in private practices in both Melbourne and London. He has worked at numerous sporting teams and is currently the Head Physiotherapist for St Kevin’s Old Boys FC. Brad was first exposed to the Alter G treadmill while completing his Sports masters placements at the AIS and Hawthorn FC, and has now been utilising it in his own clinic for his clients and himself.

James Pope has worked as a podiatrist for over ten years; he has been at the Melbourne Football Club for six. His experience both clinically and at the football club ensures he is constantly looking for the next piece of evidence, which will make treating heel pain a breeze. His focus is on keeping the athlete moving without enforcing long periods of rest. His presentation will be on both clinical and research based evidence on how to treat heel pain.

• Level 4 Athletics Australia accredited Coach (Middle Distance/ Distance running; sprints, jumps & hurdles)
• IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) accredited coach education facilitator
• B. App Sci (Human Movement)
• B. A.

Currently, Head Coach & founding partner of Run Ready & Aussie Aths.
Aussie Aths is a game-based athletics activity program, that delivers classes for Active (prep to grade 2), Accelerate (grade 3 to 6) and Academy (grade 6 to year 8) groups.
Run Ready delivers running, athletics & strength coaching programs for teen development, adult recreational, women’s & performance training groups.
Current performance training squad includes 2018 women’s national mile champion, 2018, Whitney Sharpe and national medallist, men’s 3000m steeplechase, Ben Buckingham, who recently ran a personal best for 3000m of 7:54

Registration is Essential.

SMA Member – $220

Non Members – $300

SMA Student Member – $125

Student Non Member – $150