Running Injury Prevention Specialist

Coach clients on self-care techniques to eliminate running mistakes and prevent muscle spasms. Learn how to elevate client workouts with proper alignment intervention and diverse training techniques for pain-free, performance running.


8.0 CECs/ Online / Quiz
As a Running Injury Specialist, you will learn the causes of the most common running injuries, and how to enhance your client's workout with training techniques for pain-free, performance running. 

This course is provided by GMP Fitness and endorsed by AFPA.

Running Injury Prevention Specialist Objectives:

  • Gain insight on common beginner running mistakes. 
  • Discover why spasms can stop you in your tracks. 
  • Learn the trigger points that affect runners. 
  • Learn self-care techniques to prevent and eliminate spasms. 
  • Find the answer to choosing the right running surface. 
  • Learn how to gain the edge for optimum running performance. 
  • Understand muscles and the source of pain. 
  • Discover the training palette of an elite runner. 
  • Respect the importance of heart rate monitoring. 
  • Discover why foot care can enhance performance and efficiency. 
  • Apply the key workouts and four phases of fast runners. 
  • Understand time-to-rest body indicators. 
  • Gain insight on tips for your first race. 
  • Enhance your knowledge about proper body alignment. 
  • Develop a preventive running exercise program. 
  • Understand the importance of cross-training. 
  • Gain insight on how to create a beginner running program.

Hours to Complete:

  • Intermediate - 8-9 hours / AFPA CEC Award = 8

Running Injury Prevention Specialist Fitness Tools:

  • Stability Ball, Resistance Bands

Online Course Facts:

  • Online education allows you to complete the course anytime and anywhere you want – you just need internet access and basic computer knowledge.
  • All content is 100% online and can be viewed on your computer or tablet. It can also be viewed on your smartphone, but it is not recommended.
  • After you purchase the course your information will be sent to GMP. You will receive a separate email from GMP with information about signing in to the GMP website where you will be able to register and have access to the course. 
  • A lesson plan is provided online.
  • Please note nothing will be shipped to you.
  • Content is Microsoft Windows and Mac compatible.
  • Any course PDF documents can easily be viewed right in the web browser.
  • Individuals must have the capability to open Adobe PDF files (this can be installed for FREE; if you do not have this, you will be given a link so you can view all course content). You will also need to be able to open Microsoft Word files.
  • GMP customer support.

Bonus Course Components:

  • Trainer & Client Charts
  • Customizable Training Plans
  • Client Handouts

Qualifications to Take the CE Course:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • We also strongly recommend a personal trainer certification and a current certification in CPR.

Exam Facts:

  • 25-question online true/false and multiple/choice final exam.
  • Passing the exam with 80% or higher.
  • NO time limit to take the exam.   

Course Hours/CECs:

  • 8-9 Hours / AFPA CEC Award = 8
  • Note: Continuing Education Credits (CECs/CEUs) will only be applied for certified fitness professionals or other health professionals. This course is also approved by many other certification companies, so if you have a double certification, the CECs may be able to be applied for that certification as well.