Online Course
An Introduction to Understanding Your Runner
How to delve deeper in the subjective evaluation to find out what motivates your patient to run

1-1.5 hours





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Dawn Nunes
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Dawn is an enthusiastic sportswoman and physiotherapist with over 15 years of experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy

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The popularity of running has increased dramatically over the last decade. People run for many reasons such as to have better health, to compete, to become part of a runner’s community, to manage their weight or to cope with emotional distress. Therefore when assessing running injuries, it’s important to consider the personality of the runner and the psychological aspects involved with their running. Knowing your runner and understanding their motivation will help you in planning successful management. Dawn Nunes is a runner and a physiotherapist who created this course to help you understand the runners’ psychology.


This course introduces running psychology as an important part of running assessment


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list important questions to ask in the subjective interview of a runner
  • Identify why motivation for running is an important factor to include in assessment
  • discuss the influence of the psychological response on re-injury or return to running

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Wonderful presentation! I am going to buy myself running shoes and hit the road!
Bothwell Musasa
Best to hear it from a Physio that is a runner. Thank you.
South Africa