The Movement Rx Adaptive Training Course will give you the confidence and tools to build a specialty in working with Adaptive athletes. The first half of this 16 module on demand course focuses on providing health and fitness professionals the confidence to speak to, treat, and train Adaptive Athletes. The second half of the course will teach you to challenge, progress and optimize the human performance of these athletes.
In other words, to guide you and help you feel confident in treating or training adaptive clients to the levels you would treat or train any other active, hard-charging human.
Since 2014 the physical therapy and coaching team at Movement Rx has led specialized functional fitness classes for Adaptive Athletes. Participants include veterans, active duty personnel, and civilians alike. Their adaptations are both visible (missing limbs, wheelchair, etc) and invisible (traumatic brain injuries (TBI), PTSD, etc).
Over the years we received hundreds of requests from therapy, fitness and coaching professionals who were inspired to work with this population but did not know how to get started. In addition, many adaptive sports coaches lack the training to effectively integrate strength & conditioning as well as proper recovery tactics with their teams during the season and in the off season. Unfortunately, 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 help.
So we went back to the lab and compiled our most valuable takeaways from 10+ years of training and assessing adaptive athletes. We worked with university researchers to review our data, interviewed dozens of practitioners, coaches and athletes to stress test our ideas, and FINALLY designed the Adaptive Training Course that WE would have wanted to enroll in.
Please learn more about the Adaptive Training Course below.
The Movement Rx Adaptive Training Course is a 16 week online course. In this course health professionals, coaches and trainers (HCTs) of adaptive athletes will be trained on adaptation-specific strength & conditioning methodologies as follows:
Having mentored coaches of all types on working with adaptive athletes, we have designed this course to answer all the most common questions:
To answer these questions, we will start with a high-level discussion of function and drill down all the way to adapting specific movements. The course will start with a general introduction to functional movement as a concept. We will then explore what differentiates normal vs. abnormal movement. With the general foundation of normal movement in hand, we will then 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 will next take a deep dive into the four major impairment categories: Lower Limb, Upper Limb, Wheeled, Traumatic Brain Injury/Invisible Wounds. We will finish by spending the remainder of the course detailing how each of the 7 major functional movements interact with each of these impairments.
The course consists of 16 progressive modules. Each module is a one-hour video broken into lecture and demonstrations with adaptive athletes.
In addition to the 16 modules there are also 5 Office Hour sessions with the instructors and adaptive athletes.
Dr. Megan Graff, DPT, CSCS, OCS, FAAOMPT has 12 years of experience in working with individuals with disabilities. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, she has provided courses of care for several dozen individuals with disabilities in the last five years. She has served as a Coach for the Adaptive Strength Class since 2017 and spent three years volunteering with an equine therapy center that focused on riders with disabilities. She has also led over 70 movement health workshops as a lead instructor.
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