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Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Assess functional weakness in a patient.
  • Judge the primary, and if appropriate, secondary compensations that are occurring due to the weakness
  • Justify the use of manual muscle testing versus functional strength testing when assessing a patient
  • Properly exhibit and/or correctly perform 4 exercises using a functional approach to muscle activity
  • Correctly state the rationale for an in-depth functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk
  • Properly execute an in-depth functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk
  • Correctly apply force couples, synergies, and muscle slings to the body to address function-specific strength deficits
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive functional exercise program, progressing from basic to advanced levels for patients

Topics & Regions Covered

  • Overview of the principles of functional muscle assessment
  • Differentiation between muscle action and muscle function
  • Proper technique for open kinetic chain exercises and closed kinetic chain exercises
  • Functional Exercises for the upper body
  • Functional exercises for the lower body
  • Functional exercise for the trunk/core
  • Exercises using body weight, therapy ball, resistance bands and foam roller

Course Outline

Saturday 
7:30am Continental breakfast, pre-test
8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, functional muscle assessment, action versus function, and muscle synergies

10:00am Break
10:15am Lecture: functional synergies, appropriate use of different exercise tools
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lab: Functional Exercises for the Upper and lower extremity
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Lab: Movement assessment - Upper and lower trunk
5:00pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:30pm Adjourn
Sunday 
7:30am Continental breakfast
8:00am

Review Session

8:30am Lab: Functional Exercises of the upper extremities
10:00am Break
10:15am Lab: Functional Exercises for the lower extremities
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lab: Functional Exercises of the upper trunk
3:00pm Break
3:15pm Lab: Functional Exercises of the lower trunk
4:30pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:00pm Adjourn

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