Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course | Movement Rx

Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course

Want to safely get adaptive athletes to higher levels of human performance? The Movement Rx Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course is ideal for healthcare pros, fitness trainers, and sports coaches who want advanced techniques to help their adaptive athletes improve lifestyle, performance, and avoid injury. Get your CEUs at this full-day live online course.

Our Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course

The Movement Rx Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course picks up where our introductory course leaves off. Whereas the intro course is focused on providing health and fitness professionals the confidence to speak to, treat, and train Adaptive Athletes, the Advanced course helps you 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.

Why learn from us?

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. So in 2018 we created an introductory full-day Adaptive Trainer Course to help spread what we had learned. The insights and questions from over 500 attendees helped us realize that there was so much more intermediate and advanced information to share.

So we went back to the lab and compiled our most valuable takeaways from 7 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 Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course that WE would have wanted to enroll in.

Then, to make it more useful, our Clinical Director made sure we could offer attendees continuing education credits (CEUs) through a growing list of major health and fitness governing bodies.

Please learn more about this Advanced Course below.

Course Objectives

The Movement Rx Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course is an in-person 8-hour course. In this course health professionals, coaches and trainers (HCTs) of adaptive athletes will be trained on advanced adaptation-specific strength & conditioning methodologies as follows:

  • Attendees will develop a basic understanding of the physiology of training and special considerations for the adaptive athlete;
  • Attendees will have the knowledge to integrate strength & conditioning principles into their clients’ training along the rehabilitation continuum;
  • Attendees will be able to identify optimal normal movement in order to better identify abnormal movement during practice and competition;
  • Attendees will learn goal setting, proper progressions when programming. And athlete injury assessment;
  • Attendees will learn movement principles of the spine, major joints, and execution of primal movements (squatting, hinging, pushing, pulling, carrying) and how to implement them with their clients when adding resistance;
  • Attendees will learn how proper movement techniques can help their clients mitigate risk of musculoskeletal injuries and improve their performance in ADLs or sport;
  • Attendees will learn the fundamental strategies to adapt movements for all major movement and mobility impairments across primary disability categories;
  • Attendees will learn the most common medical devices used for adaptations and which devices are best with what sport or movements;
  • Attendees will have a basic understanding of recovery techniques to use in the various adaptive populations.

Course Description

Having mentored coaches and health professionals of all types on working with adaptive athletes, we have designed this advanced course to answer all the most common questions:

  1. How do I adapt each of the main movements in training?
  2. How do I create programming for or adapt my programming to the impaired population?
  3. How do I adapt movement X, to an athlete with condition Y?
  4. What are the most common types of medical equipment?
  5. How do I provide an adaptive athlete with methods to help fix their current movement impairments?

To answer these questions, we will start with a high-level discussion of function and training, then 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 & Neurological dysfunctions/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 and how to address any restrictions that may inhibit your athlete’s training.



Course Schedule

We will be learning through lecture, demonstrations, and hands on lab exercises. There will be no more than a 15:1 student to instructor ratio. All times below are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

  • 8:00-8:15am: Introduction
  • 8:15-9:30am: Foundational Fitness Topics
  • 9:30-9:35am: Break
  • 9:35-10:15am: Programming Principles
  • 10:15-11:30am: Movement Principles
  • 11:30am-Noon: Lunch
  • Noon-2:00pm: Movement Adaptations
  • 2:00-2:15pm: Break
  • 2:15-3:45pm: Common Injuries and Recovery Techniques
  • 3:45-4:00pm: Wrap Up and Review

About the Instructors

Dr. Theresa Larson

DPT, SFMA, CSCS

Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT, SFMA, CSCS has over 7 years of 1-on-1 and small group sports performance rehabilitation and training with adaptive athletes, and created the Movement Rx Adaptive Athlete program and courses. Additionally, she has taught over 40 day-long seminars – reaching 1,200 professionals – on improving movement and mobility to non-adaptive athletes and coaches. She has served as a physical therapy consultant to multiple adaptive-specific organizations including Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Adaptive Performance Systems, Team RWB, and Balboa Naval Hospital’s wheelchair basketball program.

Dr. Megan Graff

DPT, CSCS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Megan Graff, DPT, CSCS, OCS, FAAOMPT has 10 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 four 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 nearly 40 movement health workshops as a lead instructor.

Advanced Course Pricing

$449

Completion of this course allows you to apply 7 contact hours to your continuing ed (CEUs/CECs).

Eligible organizations include the below. Additionally, if you are licensed in a state that offers reciprocity for courses approved by another state board, you can apply the 7 contact hours.

  • California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA): 0.7 CEUs
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA): 0.7 CEUs
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM): 0.7 CEUs
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC): 0.7 CEUs

Upcoming Courses

We are currently offering the course through live online webinars. Enter your email address to be notified about upcoming courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Course For?

This seminar is appropriate for therapists, coaches, trainers, athletes, and other healthcare providers who either have experience with adaptive individuals or have taken our introductory Adaptive Trainers Course.

What does the Course Fee include?

The course fee includes a Course Manual, 7 hours of live instruction, and a Certificate of Completion with the relevant information required to successfully submit for continuing education credit. You'll also get a spoonful of inspiration for working with this amazing population!

What if my schedule changes and I have to cancel?

We recognize that plans change. If other Course dates don't work for you, you can get a full refund up to 48 hours before the start of the Course. Just contact us through this website or through the contact info that will be included in your registration receipt.

Will instructors share their clinical experiences working with adaptive athletes?

Yes. Participants will learn how our team evaluates an individual’s movements to uncover the root cause of dysfunctions, as well as how we adapt programming to help individuals recover faster and avoid pain/injury altogether.

How do I get CEUs/CECs for this Course?

  • Physical Therapists: The course is approved for 0.7 CEUs (or 7 contact hours) under the California Physical Therapy Association, and by extension any other state governing bodies with reciprocation agreements with California. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the Course that you submit to your governing body at the end of your license period. Additionally, the Course Manual you receive just before the Course will contain a page with the specific info needed in case of an audit.
  • NSCA Coaches: The National Strength and Conditioning Association approved 0.7 CEU(s) in category A for certified individuals attending this event. Certified individuals will receive a certificate upon completion of the Course with an approved activity code that you submit to the NSCA at the end of your certification period. Additionally the Course Manual you receive just before the Course will contain a page with the specific info needed in case of an audit.
  • NASM Coaches: The National Academy of Sports Medicine has approved 0.7 CEU(s) for individuals attending this event. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the Course that you submit to the NSCA at the end of your certification period. Additionally the Course Manual you receive just before the Course will contain a page with the specific info needed in case of an audit.
  • Occupational Therapists: You will receive a certificate upon completion of the Course that you submit to your state governing board at the end of your certification period. Additionally the Course Manual you receive just before the Course will contain a page with the specific info needed in case of an audit.
  • NCTRC Therapists: You will receive a certificate upon completion of the Course that you submit to NCTRC at the end of your certification period. You may also have the Course pre-authorized by sharing the info on this webpage. Additionally the Course Manual you receive just before the Course will contain a page with the specific info needed in case of an audit.

How should I prepare for the Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course?

  • The Course is currently only offered online, so you'll need a quiet and comfortable place to sit that also has room to move around during any demonstrations.
  • Be ready to share either your experiences working with adaptive athletes or what's driving your interest in working with this population.
  • Come prepared with a set of questions you'd like to get answered during the Course. There will be time for live Q&A, plus our team will be monitoring the chat and and Q&A threads throughout the day.
  • There will be a short lunch break, but not long enough of one for you to go out and get lunch. Please be prepared so you don't miss any post-lunch content!
  • Have your note-taking setup ready to go. Whether that's pad and paper, a document on your device, whiteboard, etc. Note that you'll receive the Course Manual the day prior to the course in case you wish to print it out.

What should I bring with me in the case of an in-person Advanced Adaptive Strengthening Course?

  1. Printed version of the registration receipt
  2. Government issued photo ID
  3. We will provide standard mobility equipment, including a ball & band.
  4. Suitable clothes for working out.
  5. Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off-site during the lunch break.
  6. Participants are welcome to bring notebooks, tablets and laptops, and they may take pictures.

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