CrossFit Adaptive Athlete

Upcoming Courses

CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Athlete
San Diego, CA – November 19-20, 2016

Bear Republic CrossFit
840 G Street
San Diego, California 92101
United States


CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Athlete
Denver, CO – December 3-4, 2016

Front Range CrossFit
1338 South Valentia St. Unit 182
Denver, Colorado 80247
United States


Course Overview

The Adaptive Athlete Course is appropriate for any Coach or CrossFitter. The course is about fusing fitness AND health AND wellness so that the people who are in a position to do the most about people’s health – Coaches and the Athlete – are empowered to do so. In this course, Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT and her team provide the key assessment tools and joint by joint instructions to help you a) assess physical movement dysfunctions, b) determine appropriate adaptations or modifications, and c) accelerate healing. If you’ve ever had an injured or adaptive athlete (i.e. temporary or permanent injury), or want to help keep athletes’ movement dysfunctions from becoming more serious, this course is for you.

Day 1

08:15Registration, High Fives & Fist Bumps, Donuts w/ Bacon (possibly)
09:00Introduction, Goals, Key Terms
10:00Adaptations and Injuries 101: Categories, Rules, and what Pain really is
11:00Optimal Movement Standards – looking at CrossFit movements biomechanically
13:00The Perfect Assessment Tool for the Box
14:00Being able to work with ANY Athlete – rules of adapting and modifying
14:30Joint 1 – The Ankle
15:30Group Adapted WOD 1 and Review
16:30Review of Day 1, Q&A

Day 2

09:00Joint 2 - The Knee
10:00Joint 3 – The Hips/Pelvis
11:00Joint 4 – The Spine
12:00Group Adapted WOD 2 and Review
13:30Joint 5 – The Shoulder
14:30Joints 6 & 7 – The Elbow and Wrist
15:30Programming for Injuries/Adaptations
17:30Empowerment, Q&A


Coaches and Trainers are First Responders in the realm of health.  Think about that for a moment.  As a Coach/Trainer, you see Members several times a week and are the only ones that can pre-emptively respond to cues that lead to or manifest as injuries or other impairments.  Just as importantly, the functional environment of the gym is where people with injuries and impairments need to be in order to get better, faster.  You’re the ones who can best impact wellness AND recovery.



What to Bring

  1. Printed version of the registration receipt
  2. Government issued photo ID
  3. Seminar Guide (sent with course confirmation emails) with pen/pencil
  4. Standard mobility equipment:  band, ball, peanut, hip circle bands (yellow, green, and blue)
  5. Suitable clothes for working out.
  6. Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off-site during the lunch break.
  7. Participants are welcome to bring notebooks, tablets and laptops, and they may take pictures.


Can anyone attend?

Yes. This seminar is appropriate for coaches, trainers, athletes, and healthcare providers of all levels who are familiar with CrossFit. No prior experience and/or training is required to attend this seminar.To receive an Adaptive Athlete Trainer Certificate, one must:

  • Hold a valid and current CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate (or higher); and
  • Attend and participate in all parts of the Adaptive Athlete Course.

If you do not meet these requirements, you are issued a Certificate of Attendance.

Will Dr. T share her clinical experiences working with CrossFit athletes

Yes.  Participants will learn how Dr. T evaluates an individual’s movements to uncover the root cause of dysfunctions, as well as how she adapts programming to help individuals recover faster and avoid pain/injury altogether.  Dr. T will also share case studies on what dysfunctions impact what CrossFit movements.

What are the learning objectives at the Adaptive Athlete Course?

  1. To clarify the most common types of adaptations and injuries and how they specifically impact an athlete’s movement.
  2. To build confidence in your ability to coach and help an adaptive or injured athlete achieve optimal movement.
  3. Understand and practice the difference between scaling a movement and adapting a movement.
  4. To better understand the biomechanics of movement joint by joint and the anatomical impact of optimal movement patterns so you can better recognize abnormal movement patterns and how they manifest both inside and outside the gym.
  5. How to perform a movement assessment, how to recognize the source of abnormal movement, and how to determine if it is structural or functional (mobility, stability).
  6. Based on this improved recognition, how to apply appropriate adaptations or movement cues to help an adaptive or injured athlete move optimally.
  7. How to determine which athletes require more stability, mobility, or both and why.
  8. How to program for and integrate an adaptive or injured athlete in your community.
  9. How to determine which situations you can handle as a coach vs. those that require the help of a health professional, as well as how to best choose and integrate health professional(s) into your community.