There are many fitness professionals who want to train adaptive individuals but don’t know how to get started. And there’s 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 of Movement Rx and Max Conserva of Adaptive Athletic have come together to create an introductory course in training this population – available both online and in person. With thousands of combined hours spent working with adaptive athletes, they offer the essential knowledge needed for any professional to get started.
The course starts with a general introduction to functional movement as a concept. We then explore what differentiates normal vs. abnormal movement. Withs 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 how to think about programming for that athlete.
Once these general techniques are understood, we can take a deep dive into the four major impairment categories: lower limb, upper limb, wheeled, traumatic brain injury, and other invisible wounds. We spend the remainder of the course detailing how each of the major functional movements interact with each of these impairments.
If you want to work with the impaired population, this is the course to get started. It’s designed for athletic and personal trainers who want to open their practice to the impaired population, rehab professionals who want to move from the clinic to the training room, and group fitness coaches who want to incorporate the impaired population into their class programming. This course will help any fitness professional make their offering more inclusive.
The Adaptive Training Course is an outstanding primer for individuals with a physical disability to learn how to adapt strength and conditioning principles to maximize their abilities. Dr. Theresa Larson and Max Conserva’s experience in working with the adaptive athlete community resonates. They have provided coaches, athletes, and strength and conditioning specialists with the foundational knowledge to improve the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities. This is a must-do course for anybody in the adaptive sports world.
Get in touch today if you have questions about our online or in-person adaptive athlete training courses.