Functional Training For Adaptive Athletes

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Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes

The Functional Training For Adaptive Athletes Course Provides Professionals With The Basics To Work With The Physically Impaired Population In A Training Environment. We Cover How To Engage With And Adapt For All Common Conditions: Lower Limb And Upper Limb Impairments, Wheeled Athletes, Brain Injury And PTSD. Across All Common Functional Movements (Squatting, Hinging, Pushing, Pulling And Carrying) In The Gym, In Sport And Most Importantly For Daily Living. Common Functional Movements For All Common Conditions.

 Course Description

We find that there are so many fitness professionals who want to train adaptive individuals but don’t know how to get started. There is a general lack of confidence in speaking with, programming for and coaching individuals with permanent impairments. As a result, the population that needs the most help gets the least. To bridge this gap, Dr. Theresa Larson DPT of Movement Rx and Max Conserva of Adaptive Athletic, have come together to create an introductory course for training this population. With thousands of hours working with adaptive athletes, we have distilled the practice down to the essential knowledge needed for any professional to get started. Having mentored coaches of all types on working with adaptive athletes, we have designed this course to answer all the most common questions:

  • How do I talk to the disabled population?
  • How do I adapt my programing to the impaired population?
  • What are the most common types of impairments?
  • What are the most common types of medical equipment?
  • How do I adapt movement X, to an athlete with condition Y?

To answers these questions, we start with a high level discussion of function and drill down all the way to adapting specific movements. The course starts with a general introduction to functional movement as a concept. We then explore what differentiates normal vs. abnormal movement. With the general foundation of normal movement in hand we can now focus on the adaptive population in particular. First by understanding how to talk with and coach an impaired athlete, then secondly how to think about programming for that athlete. Once these general techniques are understood, we can next take a deep dive into the four major impairment categories: Lower Limb, Upper Limb, Wheeled, Traumatic Brain Injury & other Invisible Wounds. We then spend the remainder of the course detailing how each of the major functional movements interact with each of these impairments.


This course will help any fitness professional make their offering more inclusive. It is designed for athletic trainers & personal trainers who want to open their practice to the impaired population. For rehab professionals who want to move from the clinic to the training room. And for group fitness coaches who want to incorporate the impaired population into their class programming.


If you want to work with the impaired population, this is the course to get started.

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