Endurance Running Medicine Webinars

Endurance Running

Exposed – Explored - Explained


Endurance events push athletes’ bodies to the limit. And in turn, athletes have been pushing human endurance to the limit for years.

These events require specific training and knowledge, not only from the athletes, but from all the staff supporting the runners’ healthy progress and development, from medical practitioners and coaches to sport scientists and event organisers.

World Athletics and the International Institute of Race Medicine’s new medical webinar series “Endurance Running, Exposed, Explored, Explained” defines endurance running under a new light. Bringing together top experts from around the world on a monthly basis, the events aim to explore a wide range of scientific topics related to endurance running and give participants the opportunity to hear from and interact with international level speakers.

Each webinar will last for two hours, including both presentations and moderated Q&A sessions.

Register now for all webinars

This package provides access to all future events and past recorded sessions. Register for all six webinars and receive a complimentary one-year individual membership with the IIRM ($75 value) 


The topics for the six webinars are as follows:



26th of June: The Female runner through life and pregnancy

17:00 - 19:00 CET / 11:00 - 13:00 EST

There has been a prodigious increase in the number of female runners of all ages and abilities in the past years. When you become a runner, it changes your life, and it's the same when you become a mother! Running can significantly improve your physical and mental health, however, unique medical concerns might exist for the female runner. This webinar reviews specific topics and questions related to the Female runner throughout life and pregnancy. How will pregnancy affect your running? Is running while pregnant safe? How frequent are pelvic floor disorders in female athletes, not only connected to pregnancy, but more in general to sports with frequent ground impact or high abdominal pressures ?

Margo Mountjoy

Dr Margo Mountjoy MD PhD, CCFP(SEM), FCFP, FACSM

Associate Clinical Professor, McMaster University Medical School

Dr. Mountjoy is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University Medical School and Regional Assistant Dean
of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. She is also a clinician scientist - sports medicine physician practicing at the Health +
Performance Centre at the University of Guelph, as the Clinical + Academic Director, and works for several International Sports organizations in the field of sports medicine including the International Olympic Committee (Games Group).

Rita Deering

Dr Rita Deering, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Carroll University, WI

Prior to joining the CUPT Faculty, Dr. Deering was a postdoctoral fellow in the Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health through the William S. Middleton
Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Dr. Deering’s postdoctoral research was conducted in the Badger Athletic Performance and UW
Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she examined running biomechanics and abdominal muscle
characteristics in postpartum women.


Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe

Former marathon runner and world record holder

Paula Radcliffe is a former British long-distance runner. She is a three-time winner of the London Marathon (2002, 2003, 2005), three-time New York
Marathon champion (2004, 2007, 2008), and 2002 Chicago Marathon winner. Her running has earned her a number of accolades including the BBC Sports
Personality of the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year, IAAF World Athlete of the Year, AIMS World Athlete of the Year (three times) and a Member
of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Kori Hudson

Dr. Korin B. Hudson, MD, FACEP, CAQ-SM(Moderator)

Associate Professor, Georgetown University, USA

Co-director of Emergency Planning for Medstar Sports Medicine, Washington, DC; Team physician, Georgetown University; Team physician, Washington
Wizards (NBA) and consulting physician, Washington Capitals (NHL).



Previous Webinars


30th January: The evolution of running and the risk of injuries

Could it be that we’ve evolved to sit on the couch rather than run 5ks, 10ks and entire marathons? Does running cause more injuries than other sports? Our first session will see two fantastic speakers dig into a wide range of topics related to the evolution of running, its effect on the human body, and the impact that injuries have.

Meet our speakers:

Irene Davis

Irene Davis

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director, Spaulding National Running Center, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Davis is the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, an integrated clinical and research center dedicated to investigation of the biomechanical etiology and treatment of lower extremity overuse injuries.  She has published over 160 publications, given over 350 national and international presentations, and has secured $25 million in funding to support her research.

Daniel E. Lieberman

Daniel E. Lieberman

Edwin M Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences |  Department of Human Evolutionary Biology | Harvard University 
Daniel Lieberman studies and teaches how and why the human body is the way it is, and how our evolutionary history affects health and disease.  He is best known for his research on the evolution of the head and on the evolution of running and walking, which he studies by combining experimental biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology both in the lab and in the field. His latest book is Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding (2020).



27th February: Exercising in the cold. Temperature stress and risk 

Meet our speakers:

Wolfgang Schobersberger

Wolfgang Schobersberger

Wolfgang Schobersberger is professor for sports medicine and head of the Institute for Sports Medicine, Alpine Medicine & Health Tourism at the University Hospital Innsbruck and the Private University UMIT Tirol, Austria. His research focus is the athlete under different environmental conditions and doping prevention. Schobersberger is member of the Games Medical Group of the IOC for Winter Olympic Games.


Jenny Wordsworth

Lawyer and Extreme Endurance Athlete and Mountaineer 
In her role as an extreme endurance athlete and mountaineer for The North Face, she has completed mountaineering and long-distance skiing expedition in both the Arctic and Antarctica. Most recently returning from a 44-day solo expedition to the South Pole where she sustained a serious non-freezing cold injury.



27th March 17:00 CET: COVID-19 procedures for mass participation events. An update. 

Meet our speakers:

TK Miller

TK Miller, MD

Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine Section Chief, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine/Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia, USA; Chair, Ironman Global Medical Advisory Board.



Stephane Bermon

Stéphane Bermon, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Health and Science Department, World Athletics, Monaco Principality. With his team, Dr. Bermon has designed sanitary protocol for stadium-based and out of stadium athletics competition and has already successfully implemented them in some international elite competitions.


George Chiampas

George Chiampas, DO, CAQSM, FACEP

Assistant Professor and Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, USA; Associate Director of EMS and Medical Director for Community and Sports Event Preparedness and Management, Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Chief Medical Officer for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Chris Troyanos

Chris Troyanos, ATC

Executive Director, International Institute for Race Medicine; President and Director, Sports Medicine Consultants, Plymouth, MA, USA; Medical Coordinator, Boston Marathon (45 years’ experience with the marathon/over 25 of those as medical coordinator); Medical Coordinator, Falmouth Road Race, MA; Concussion Spotter, NFL (New England Patriots).


Kate Hudson

Korin B. Hudson, MD, FACEP, CAQ-SM

Associate Professor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA; Co-director of Emergency Planning for Medstar Sports Medicine, Washington, DC; Team physician, Georgetown University; Team physician, Washington Wizards (NBA) and consulting physician, Washington Capitals (NHL).



24th April: Youth participation in long distance running 

 Meet our speakers:

Alex Hutchinson

Alex Hutchinson, Science Journalist | Moderator for the session

Alex is a science journalist focusing on endurance sports. He writes Outside Magazine’s Sweat Science column, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Prior to becoming a journalist, he competed as a middle-distance runner for the Canadian national team and worked as postdoctoral physicist. He lives in Toronto.

Brian Krabak

Brian J Krabak, MD MBA FACSM

is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Sports Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in sports medicine, providing sports medicine care and lecturing throughout the world. His sports medicine experiences have included the Olympics (2010 Vancouver Games, 2004 Athens Games, 2002 Salt Lake Games), National Team Physician for USA Swimming and collegiate sports (University of Washington). He is currently the Medical Director for the 4 Deserts Series Ultramarathons (held throughout the world) and the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon. His clinical expertise and research relates to injuries and illnesses in runners and swimmers.

Daniel E. Lieberman

William Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM, FAAFP

Dr. Roberts is a Professor, Director of the Sports Medicine Program and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has a sub-specialty certificate in Sports Medicine, is a Fellow, Past President, and Past Foundation President of the American College of Sports Medicine; a Fellow and on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; a founding member and past President of the International Institute of Race Medicine; Editor in Chief Emeritus for Current Sports Medicine Reports; an Editorial Board Member of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine, and Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine; the Medical Director for Twin Cities in Motion and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon; the Chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Minnesota State High School League; and a member of the USA Soccer Cup Tournament Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.  His research is in ice hockey, concussion, exertional heat stroke, and marathon related illness and injury.  He has authored many research and educational publications in sports medicine, and has presented nationally and internationally on sports medicine topics.


29th of May: Running and exercising in urban environments. The risk connected to air pollution 

12:00 - 14:00 CET / 06:00 - 08:00 EST

Running and exercising represent one of the most important way to improve human health! However, detrimental environmental conditions, such as air pollution, can reduce the benefits of exercising.

Is running in cities good for your health? Are the advantages of being physically active outweighing the disadvantages of running in a polluted environment? If the quality of the air you breath in urban environments becomes risky for your health, your run might harm your health rather than improving it.

Ken Fitch

Ken Fitch

Ken Fitch is a Sports and Exercise Physician and Professor of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia who has had medical roles at 18 Olympic Games. His interest in air quality and sport began prior to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and he chaired the Air Quality Expert Panel for the International Olympic Committee at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


Mar Viana

Mar Viana

Dr. Mar Viana is staff researcher at the Institute of Environmental Assessment (IDAEA-CSIC) in Barcelona. Her work focuses on ambient and indoor air quality and their impacts on health, with a special interest in personal exposure of target populations such as school children and sports practitioners. She is expert in the identification of aerosol sources and emission mechanisms, and has ample experience in both technical and legislative issues relating to air quality monitoring.


Ken Fitch

Matthew Campelli (Moderator)

Matthew is the founder and editor of The Sustainability Report, the essential source of intelligence and insight for sports professionals committed to enhancing the environmental, social and economic sustainability of their organisations.