At PPL we pride ourselves on being the leading provider of post-graduate biomechanics courses in the country. We conduct regular educational seminars and courses at various destinations around the country. Our educational programs are delivered by both in-house podiatrists, Joanne and James McKenna, along with Sharon Morris (High Performance Physiotherapist & Biomechanist) from Galway City Physiotherapy. These courses are expansive and suitable for many types of practitioners, working with different patient profiles, with varied levels of experience. Programs are aimed at providing up-to-date training on biomechanical assessment, lower-limb biomechanics and prescription of orthotic devices, footwear, offloading devices and rehabilitation products.

We regularly host events and courses with international guest speakers, which have included Howard Dananberg, Bill Vincenzino and most recently Dr. Jeffrey Jensen. We also run courses tailored to the needs of specific organisations such as the HSE and special interest groups, for which we design and present a bespoke program. 

Biomechanics Assessment & Prescription Writing

Two Day Intermediate Level Course

This two-day course has been developed for postgraduate medical practitioners with minimal experience in orthotic prescription writing and will encompass theory and practical workshops. This multidisciplinary course is delivered jointly by Sharon Morris Physiotherapist (MSc Biomechanics) Galway City Physio and Joanne McKenna, Podiatrist. This intensive workshop-based course aims to enable practitioners to:

  • Understand the principles of functional biomechanics
  • Understand how the main functional units of the foot behave in gait
  • Undertake a comprehensive biomechanical assessment
  • Identify pathological standing posture & gait
  • Identify if orthotic therapy is required
  • Manage pathological foot posture with orthotic devices
  • Be able to determine the essential elements of a successful prescription
  • Use clinical reasoning methods to select an appropriate type of device
  • Prescribe all types of orthotic devices and casting

The objective of this course is to give practitioners the knowledge, skills and confidence to biomechanically assess their patient, quantify the prescription, clinically reason the most appropriate type of device to prescribe, cast if appropriate and develop a treatment plan looking at all modalities available.

Applicants should hold a medical qualification of Level 7 or above (BSc. Physiotherapy, BSc. Podiatry etc). Experience of orthotic prescription is desirable, but not a pre-requisite. However, all applicants must be working / seeking employment within the medical industry in Ireland or the UK.

This course costs €350 which includes lunch, tea & coffee, printed notes and a PPL prescription platform kit. CPD point value of 14. Discounts available for recent graduates, return attendees and group bookings.

We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed the dates for our next Course to be held on Friday 24th and Saturday the 25th April in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin. Demand is very high for this Course, so places will be allocated on a first paid basis. Follow the link below to apply now to avoid disappointment. Your place will only be secured once full payment has been received.


24 - 25

Fri - Sat

Offloading Workshops

Our Offloading Workshops have to date been attended by a large proportion of the country's offloading specialist practitioners. These have been very well received thus far and we are currently planning our next dates for 2019. The program will be mainly workshop based and focus on the prescription, fitting and application of offloading products. Before finalising dates, locations and content, we would like your advice and feedback to help us to formulate the best plan for these training sessions. If you are interested in attending an Offloading Workshop, we would be most grateful if you could complete the survey by following the link below. We thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you.