• Location: TBC- Melbourne

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 4x time Olympian Craig Mottram (long-distance and middle-distance runner for Australia)


8:00am – 8:55amRegistration
8:55am – 9:00amWelcome
9:00am – 9:20amTempo Run? Threshold Run? Translating the Runners LingoNick Bowden
9:20am – 9:40amShoesRick Osler
9:40am – 10:00amAlter GBrad Harrigan
10:00am – 10:20amWhat Did we Learn from the Barefoot Running Fad?Pete Garbutt
10:20am – 10:30amWearable Technology to Monitor Training Load and Injury Risk in RunningChris 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 – 12:30pmFacilitated Panel: Psychology of the Injured RunnerCraig & Krystine Mottram
12:30pm – 1:30pmNetworking and Lunch
1:30pm – 1:50pmLoad and Monitoring in the Runner
1:50pm – 2:10pmStrength & Conditioning in the RunnerJohn Quinn
2:10pm – 2:30pmCross Training for the Injured Runner
2:30pm – 2:50pmIt’s all in the CalvesKevin Lieberthal
2:50pm – 3:00pmKeeping Running Rehab SimpleBrad Beer
3:00pm – 3:30pmNetworking and Coffee Break
3:30pm – 3:50pmPlantar Fasciopathy
3:50pm – 4:10pmManagement of ITB Syndrome in the RunnerChris Napier (Canada)
4:10pm – 4:30pmPatellofemoral Pain
4:30pm – 4:50pmManagement of Medical Finial Stress Syndrome in the RunnerChris Napier (Canada)
4:50pm – 5:00pmAchilles TendinopathyEbonie Rio



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.

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).

Registration is Essential. Xmas Special only valid until 25th December 2018 5pm.

SMA Member – $220
SMA Member Xmas Special – $125
SMA Member Early Bird – $150

Non Members – $300
Non Members Xmas Special – $175
Non Members Early Bird – $200

SMA Student Member – $125
SMA Student Member Xmas Special – $80
SMA Student Member Early Bird – $100

Student Non Member – $150
Student Non Member Xmas Special – $105
Student Non Member Early Bird – $125