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