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Functional Strength - An Updated Approach to Exercising our Patients


Stuart W. Orr BS, PTA, NSCA-CPT, CWcHP
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Steve Baynai, PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT
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Course Description

This class will give you the ability to advance your understanding of therapeutic exercise and your ability to create basic to advanced functional exercise programs. You will learn to assess functional weakness and differentiate this from weakness found in manual muscle testing.  Finally, apply concepts learned in class to build a program that is customized to your patient.

This course will progress from basic fundamentals to advanced, high-level athletic plyometric training. As with all Great Lakes courses, it will be 75-80% hands-on but attendees aren't required to perform all of the exercises shown in the class.  This course has been approved by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) for 1.6 CEUs (16 hours).  Our provider number:  L1183.

Course Schedule

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2015/2016 SCHEDULE


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Course Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate the ability 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 exercises using a functional approach to muscle activity
  • State the rationale for and properly execute an in-depth functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk
  • Properly 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

7:30am Continental breakfast, pre-test

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
7:30am Continental breakfast

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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