Dan Pfaff Running Mechanics

SYSSM hosted a highly interactive and practical running mechanics workshop on Friday 28th of June, 2019. The Running Mechanics A Workshop was presented by world-leading experts Dan Pfaff, John Quinn and Karen Holtzer.

This 2 hour workshop will provide an in-depth understanding of how to assess, apply and coach running mechanics to improve performance and reduce injury.

This session has been designed for practitioners, coaches and athletes seeking a deeper understanding of how to best assess running mechanics.


Dan Pfaff

One of the worlds most decorated Track and Field coaches, Dan Pfaff has coached five Olympic Games teams and six World Championship teams across the globe. In that time, he has coached 49 Olympians, 51 World Champions, and 5 World Record holders. 

Dan was also a part of UK Athletics for three highly successful years and following that became the Education Director and Lead Jumps Coach at the World Athletics Centre

Dan is currently the Head Coach at industry leading elite athlete training program ALTIS and was the Coaching Education Curriculum Chair for the USA Track and Field Coaches Association, and the NACAC Caribbean Basin Project.


John Quinn

A widely respected leader in the elite coaching field with experience across a diverse range of sports along with extensive expertise in allied health.

John’s career has spanned more than 30 years. He has worked with many of Australia’s leading athletes and coaches across track and field, swimming, AFL, rugby league, tennis, cricket, bobsleigh and soccer. Just a few of John’s accomplishments include:

Sprints and relay coach for the Australian track and field team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

Head fitness coach and High Performance Manager for Essendon Football Club (AFL) 1998 – 2008

High Performance Manager of Greater Western Sydney Giants Football Club (AFL) 2010 – 2014

High Performance Coach for AFL All Stars Team 2010

Strength and Conditioning coach in the Indian Cricket League 2009

Academy Director – GWS Giants Football Club (AFL) 2015 –

Director QESS – Exercise Physiology Services (Sydney & Melbourne) 2015

John’s Qualifications Include:

Sport Science degree, University of New South Wales

Master of Science and Technology OHS, University of New South Wales

Currently studying Post Graduate Certificate of Nutrition, Deakin University

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Member of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Level 5 International Track & Field Coach (IAAF)


Dr Karen Holzer

An extremely experienced, accredited and well known Sports Physician, who holds both a PhD and a post-Doctorate in exercise-induced asthma and breathing difficulties. Her passion in this area stems from a desire to help individuals, at whatever level they may be at, achieve their own personal goals and aspirations. Karen’s research in this area has led to her playing a major role in the preparation and management of the Australian Olympic team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as working as a team doctor for a variety of sports at the domestic, state, national and international levels.

Karen’s special areas of interest lie in both the medical and musculoskeletal care of endurance athletes and swimmers. Furthermore, as an extension of Karen’s extensive work in cardiorespiratory performance in athletes, she has a special interest in altitude training and its impact on performance.



Level 1, 56 Claremont St, South Yarra


03 9826 2122 | [email protected]


Level 1, 56 Claremont St, South Yarra


03 9826 2122 | [email protected]

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