Courses

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.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions we do not have any courses scheduled currently, however we hope to be in a position to conduct these courses in some capacity this year. We will update this page accordingly, thank you for your patience. For further queries, please contact courses@pplbiomechanics.com.