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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Strengthening Principles

Lecture Name

Strengthening Principles     $74.88

This lecture is part of the following course:
Functional Assessment and Exercise for the Aging Adult


This 2.5-hour course presents an evidence-based exercise prescription for the most effective intervention for mobility disability, strengthening. Within the context of the physical stress theory, overload, specificity, repetitions, frequency, type of contraction, adaptation, motor learning, progression and safety are thoroughly examined and applied to specific presentations of mobility disability.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

Following your active participation in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an evidence-based exercise prescription for older adults, utilizing parameters of frequency, intensity, specificity, and dose (sets and reps) for the remediation of mobility disability based on functional level across a variety of settings.
  2. Interpret and apply the physical stress theory within the context of an exercise prescription for aging adults.
  3. Differentiate between the role of overload and specificity and discuss their relative importance in mediating mobility disability.
  4. Differentiate between motor learning and strength gains.
  5. Develop specific exercises to improve power, strength, and coordination.
  6. Utilizing a version of the 1RM principle, objectively evaluate any movement for the effective amount of overload required to gain strength.
  7. Design an exercise prescription for different muscle types.
  8. Integrate the concept of muscle confusion into an exercise prescription.
  9. Recognize safety issues in exercise prescription.
  10. Recognize consequences of lack of adherence to evidence-based exercise prescription principles.
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