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 have found that there are many therapy, fitness, trainer, and coaching professionals who want to work with adaptive individuals but don’t 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.
To bridge this gap, we have created an introductory full day course for working with adaptive athletes. With thousands of hours working with adaptive athletes, we have distilled the practice down to the essential knowledge needed for any professional to get started.
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 Movement Rx Adaptive Trainer Course is an in-person full day course. In this course health professionals, coaches and trainers (HCTs) of adaptive athletes will be trained on adaptation-specific strength & conditioning methodologies as follows:
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.