Strength and Conditioning for Clinicians Level 1

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Strength & Conditioning for Clinicians Level 1
Course Description

The MobilityWOD Foundations of Strength & Conditioning for Physical Therapists Course is designed to enhance the resistance exercise and movement repertoire of the physical therapist and rehabilitation clinician beyond those commonly found in the clinic through a lab-intensive and movement-focused experience.

Physical Therapists and rehabilitation clinicians are well equipped to perform basic movement examinations, manual therapy techniques, and prescribe basic impairment-based therapeutic exercises for patients acutely after injury or post-operatively. However, these clinicians are not typically equipped to bridge the gap between the rehabilitation clinic and the gyms and training rooms where their patients go to after being discharged.

The squat, deadlift, push up, overhead press, ring row, and pull up are essential components of strength and conditioning programs everywhere. These movements and principles can be applied to anyone from patients immediately post-op to high-level athletes returning to sport or looking to enhance performance. But feedback from coaches and athletes of all levels is that there is a breakdown in the language and movements between the clinic and the gym.

This course aims to fill in the gap between physical therapy and strength and conditioning by doing the following:

  1. Teach clinicians how to perform, assess, and correct the foundational movements of the strength and conditioning repertoire
  2. Allow clinicians how to apply and program the squat, deadlift, upper body push and upper body pull movements in their clinical practice
  3. Improve clinicians’ abilities to communicate with coaches through the common language of strength and conditioning

The goal of this course is to bring the physical therapist up to the next level by enhancing their resistance exercise and movement repertoire with the foundational movements of strength and conditioning.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Perform and teach common strength and conditioning movement regressions and progressions, including squatting, hip hinging, upper body pushing, and upper body pulling movements.
  • Identify key points of performance and common faults with common strength and conditioning movements, including the back squat, deadlift, push up, overhead press, ring row, and pull up.
  • Apply strength and conditioning movements and regressions to improve motor control, movement patterns, strength, power, endurance, and range of motion for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
  • Apply exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, motor learning and motor control principles for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
  • Design programs using basic linear progressions utilizing strength and conditioning movements and principles for non-surgical and post-operative patients, as well as for clients returning to sport or to enhance performance.

Class Outline with time breakdowns

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Introduction and overview of principles of exercise physiology, strength and conditioning,
motor control, and motor learning
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Hip hinge lab and lecture
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Squat lab and lecture
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Upper body pushing and pulling lab and lecture
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Programming, application, and integration of strength and conditioning principles and
movements for rehabilitation and performance enhancement

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