Level 1

Certified Running Gait Analyst

Level 1 shows you exactly how to analyze & classify runners. 

Running can be complicated.

Level 1 helps you be confident analyzing running forms and giving comprehensive 


5 Categories of Running

You know you've watched people run and critiqued their form... so have we!

1,000s actually.


And based on the latest evidence, we've come up with the 5 most common categories of running gait that lead to injury.  Running can be complicated, let's simplify it by using common language to help us focus on what matters most. 


Runner Readiness Assessment

As much as we love running form, you have to treat the whole runner.  The Runner Readiness Assessment is a quick guide to identify mobility and motor control deficits critical to running form.  With the RRA, you can identify the top priorities and know where to start to make the biggest gains.   


2D and 3D Analysis

Whether you use 2D or 3D, Level 1 shows you evidence based ways to analyze gait and identify form deviations leading to injury.  With our cues for each category, you'll be able to use 2D and 3D to show your runners they're improving.  

Get resources and expert advice on how to maximize your set up no matter what setting your in.  

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RunDNA App

Runners need comprehensive plans to get long-lasting results.  Use the RunDNA app to have all this information available for you to customize a plan for each runner.


You'll get 1 month free of the RunDNA app.


Case Studies

Learn from real life examples and hear how Doug and Scott handle these tricky cases!  Practice on your own and see how your plans match up.


Comprehensive Plans

Get comprehensive plans so you can focus on the runner instead of the paperwork.  Each running category and section of RRA has a tailored plan to individualize what your runner needs. 

We've done the work for you!


What are Level 1 Certified Running Gait Analyst saying about the course?

I really like the running readiness assessment and breakdowns for each of the screening tools. I also liked the interventions provided based on specific mobility/stability impairments.  Since the course is self-paced, I've already effectively used some of the strategies with my runners before even finishing the course!" 

L. Wong, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

"From reviewing the case studies which bring together the whole systematic approach, I've been able to determine a better prescription for the runners I'm working with who are recovering from running injuries.  Already, I am seeing more runners referred by current patients."

A. Xavier, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

"It's been 2 weeks since I have taken the course. It is exciting to see how easily the information translated and that my runners are responding to the techniques"

K. Vanos, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

Let's do this together



When I first started as a Physical Therapist, I was frustrated that I could not see the types of patients that I was most passionate about, runners!  To build out my running practice, I had to find a way to stand out so that runners asked for me by name.  I spent tons of time reading the most recent evidence, but when working with runners, I struggled to remember everything and put it all together.  I realized that what I needed was a systematic approach.


It took years to refine my skills and build the RunDNA system, but it was 100% worth the effort.  Today, I own a thriving clinic which has helped thousands of runners throughout the country reach their therapeutic and performance goals.  

I am excited to share everything that I have learned and everything I have achieved to help you build a successful platform for your running clients!

Doug Adams PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS 
CEO ACE Running


As a Level 1 Certified Running Gait Analyst

you will: 


  • Feel confident assessing and analyzing runners' gaits
  • Understand the 5 most common running categories that lead to injury
  • Be able to develop comprehensive treatment plans inclusive of the cues and exercises runners need to optimize their gait.  
  • So many resources... Access to clinical reference sheets and patient handouts 

  • Earn certificates of completion for 5 CEU credits that can be used for license renewal 

  • Receive 1 month free access to the RunDNA App to develop training plans for your runners and communicate with them anywhere they run! 


Meet Your Instructors

Doug Adams 


Doug completed a sports residency at the University of Delaware, becoming a Board Certified Specialist. He owns and treats patients at his endurance specialty clinic Omega Project PT. 

Doug's interest in running started when he studied gait analysis with Irene Davis and Rich Willy, and then continued on as a clinician researcher.  Doug combines the research with his extensive experience working with runners to develop the RunDNA system (app, 3D device, and certification courses) to establish a systematic approach to getting runners healthy.  His research focuses on relating running biomechanics to running injury risk and works closely with the Air Force to conduct this research.


Doug lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife and three children.  Doug has competed nationally in triathlons for 17 years and is also a Running/Triathlon Coach.


Scott Greenberg



Scott is a sport medicine expert with an emphasis on optimizing running performance, running injury prevention, treating running-related injuries, and foot orthoses.


He is the Manager of Clinical Operations for UF (University of Florida) Health’s Outpatient Rehabilitation department Scott has dedicated his career to working with University of Florida Athletes to optimize their running, speed, and agility performance. He is the Running Injury and Biomechanics Consultant to University of Florida Track and Cross Country and Foot and Ankle Specialist for University of Florida Athletic Association Athletes.  He is also a Certified Endurance Running Specialist, a USA Track and Field Certified Level 1 Coach, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Scott is a nationally recognized lecturer in the area of running medicine and is the current Chairman of the Academy of Sports Physical Therapy’s Running Special Interest Group.

He currently resides in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and two daughters. 

Why Get Certified?

You will immediately apply the knowledge, skills, and resources.  When you become a Certified Running Gait Analyst, we are confident you will have everything you need to build a reputation as a running specialist.

Level 1 uses the Running Readiness Assessment and 5 Categories of Running Gait to simplify running and gait analysis - a reliable tool for working with athletes who run.

RunDNA prides itself on treating the whole runner and this holistic approach will take center stage as this material is presented.

If you are looking for an evidence-based systematic approach to working with athletes who run, get certified!

Frequently asked questions

Is Level 1 a pre-requisit for Level 2?

YES! Level 1 is a pre-requisite for Level 2. Level 2 enrollment is open only a few times a year, so snag Level 1 while you can in preporation for Level 2 opening up!

How long do I have access to the course for?

Once you register, you’ll have access to the course indefinitely. The course is available on the website and mobile app, so you can watch it anywhere and at your own pace.

Who are these courses for?

Whether you work with runners all day long or a few times a month, this course will give you the confidence and clarity to achieve excellent results and accelerate your success.  Professionals in the medical or fitness industry will find immediate and applicable knowledge, no matter what level of experience .  There are NO requirements to have special technology or applications to obtain the benefits of this course.

What are Level 1 Certified Running Gait Analysts finding most beneficial about the certification?

I really like the running readiness assessment and breakdowns for each of the screening tools. I also liked the interventions given based on specific mobility/stability impairments. Since the course is self-paced, I've already effectively used some of the strategies with my runners!" L. Wong, DPT "From reviewing the case studies which bring together the whole systematic approach, I've been able to determine a better prescription for the runners I'm working with who are recovering from running injuries. Already, I am seeing more runners refered by current patients." A. Xavier, DPT

Are they approved for CEUs?

YES! The course is approved in AZ, WI, CO, OH, IL, CA TX, TN, FL, DE & MI. Additionally, on the check out page, we give all of the course details for you to submit to your State Board for approval if your state is not listed.

Are there requirements to maintain certification?

While we encourage you to continue learning (and will provide opportunities for you to do so with RunDNA courses) there is no requirement for maintaining Level 1 or Level 2 certification.

How will I get access to the App?

After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the course. You'll find the code for 1 month free and a link to register for the app in the course introduction.


Level 1 Certified Running Gait Analyst