Geriatric Strengthening and Movement Re-education for Mobility

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

Geriatric Strength Training and Movement Re-education for Mobility is a two-day interactive seminar designed to enhance the ability of clinicians to treat older patients with various disease processes in improving mobility, including gait. The medical complexity of the typical geriatric patient can complicate the rehabilitation process. Regardless of diagnoses, a common deficit seen in all geriatric patients is weakness that can be linked to functional decline. Muscular weakness can be successfully treated with specific prescribed exercises. The participant will leave this course with progressive, safe, and a thorough understanding of evidence-based approaches to optimal functional strength building and mobility improvement for geriatrics.

Traditionally, rehabilitation has focused on isolating and training muscles using single planes of motion. Muscles and joints do not work in isolation. We know that functional activities like transfers and gait are triplanar and require acceleration, deceleration, and dynamic stabilization. This course will emphasize training movements, not muscles. Participants will develop an evaluation process and learn tests that allow assessment of kinetic chain movement patterns to detect quality of movement and neuromuscular efficiency. One such test, named the Overhead Squat Test, assesses the closed kinetic chain mobility and stability of patients ankles, knees, hips, core, thorax and shoulders during a fundamental movement pattern. Mobility and gait also utilize basic fundamental movement patterns that will be assessed/corrected. Based on movement pattern findings and applying neuromuscular physiology, the participant will learn to inhibit and lengthen specific overactive muscles, facilitate under active muscles and prescribe corrective exercises utilizing evidence-based, optimal strength training parameters. Attendance at this course will immediately increase clinical skill in obtaining positive functional outcomes in an efficient manner in all settings of geriatric practice.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Discuss evidence-based practice including the classic studies regarding geriatric strength training and how they relate to the population we treat.
  • Identify and discuss optimal resistance training parameters such as progressive resistive exercises, intensity, frequency, sets, and repetitions.
  • Correlate strength (underlying) impairment to functional deficits and converse with therapy team regarding functional strengthening as it relates to goal achievement.
  • Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program for the treatment of mobility in the geriatric population.
  • Perform functional movement assessments such as the overhead squat test, mobility and gait to identify weaknesses in the kinetic chain.
  • Prescribe corrective exercises to treat functional deficits in mobility.
  • Properly utilize functional strength tests like bridging, SLR, Trendelenburg, and upright motor control test.
  • Recognize how to utilize neuromuscular inhibition and facilitation techniques and how to sequence them in therapy prescriptions for maximum functional outcomes.
  • Identify movement training principles and how to activate movement/motor patterns.
  • Instructor name

    John Wilson, PT, DPT, MA, CSCS

    My experience is not limited to teaching. I’m an instructor, but also a trainer, mentor, staff developer and coach, and I can draw from all of these roles to respectfully challenge therapists’ thought processes and encourage them toward prescribing treatments uniquely suited to the needs of each patient.
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    OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    South Shore Health System Hospital

    S. Weymouth, MA

    Tuition $ 450.00



    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider #P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

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    Price when purchased with registration: $ 79.95

    Delivery: DVD (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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