Utilizing Pilates Principles to Enhance Rehabilitation Outcomes

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Why take this course?


This two-day course is designed to help medical professionals gain basic knowledge of Pilates theory and principles and be able to integrate it into their rehabilitation programs. The core stabilizing muscles will be reviewed, as well as how core stabilization is important to functional activities and activities of daily living. The lab portion will be devoted to learning, properly executing, and cueing Pilates mat exercises. Small apparatus, including foam rolls, Swiss balls, and rings, will be used during lab exercises for modifications and advancements. Application of the Pilates principles and exercises will be discussed for orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric patient populations. Further discussion of case studies and current research will demonstrate how a Pilates-based treatment program can help improve core stabilization, balance, coordination, postural awareness, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to immediately integrate their knowledge in the clinical setting to provide a Pilates-based treatment program to the orthopedic, neurologic, and/or geriatric patient for improved functional outcomes.

Utilizing Pilates Principles to Enhance Rehabilitation Outcomes

Course Objectives


  • Describe the core principles and applications of Pilates and identify specific techniques that can be utilized to enhance functional movement within the rehab setting.
  • Identify basic and advanced mat exercises to target postural and functional deficits and incorporate the appropriate exercises into patient specific rehab programs.
  • Discuss the latest evidence for integrating Pilates in the orthopedic and neurologic and geriatric populations.
  • Develop a program to enhance functional outcomes for patient’s presenting with symptoms such as, gait disorders, ataxia and/or balance disorders.
  • Develop programs that improve balance, stability, and core strength in the geriatric population and in patients with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Develop a progressive program utilizing Pilates exercises to enhance outcomes for orthopedic issues, such as overuse injuries, arthritis, postural disorders, malalignment issues, low back pain, and sacroiliac joint instability.
  • Demonstrate and teach Pilates exercises with the use of small props, such as foam rolls, rings/circles, and Swiss balls.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to properly document using Pilates exercises in rehabilitation programs according to Medicare and insurance guideline

Instructed by: Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT, NCS


My focus is on improving daily function through innovative yet effective, safe, and evidence-based treatments.

Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT, NCS, is the founder and owner of Advanced Physical Therapy and Health Services in Park Ridge, Illinois. She enjoys treating people of various conditions and of all ages, including neurologic, orthopedic, and vestibular. However, Sara and her clinic specialize in the evaluation and treatment of various neurological diagnoses, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, gait, balance disorders, and peripheral and central vestibulopathies. Sara has developed successful treatment programs for the neurologically-involved patient that focus on using current concepts in the health and fitness world and findings from evidence-based research. She incorporates her philosophy of “total health and well- being” when developing her comprehensive rehabilitation programs. Dr. Koveleski Kraut established a successful clinic by effectively communicating with local neurologists and providing successful outcomes for her patients diagnosed with neurological diseases.

Sara earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. She completed her professional practicum at The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, the largest and most comprehensive research center in the world dedicated to spinal cord injuryresearch. Upon graduation from PT school, she received an award for excellence in clinical education. Since graduation, Sara regularly returned to the university as a guest lecturer. Dr. Koveleski Kraut is a board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Still running her private practice and seeing patients, Dr. Koveleski Kraut officially joined the Physical Therapy faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2015. Teaching in the DPT curriculum, she focuses on clinical applications in the neurologic and vestibular settings. Sara also leads multiple student research groups studying the effectiveness of group exercise on balance and fall risk in community-dwelling older adults. She is also part of a interprofessional team of researchers at the university performing a Department of Defense-funded research study on improving balance confidence in trans-tibial prosthesis users.

She also provides local community education regarding health issues and rehabilitation. Sara is an active member of the APTA (Private Practice Section) and Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), as well as the IPTA’s Illinois Network of Independent Physical Therapists, in which she currently serves as Secretary.

Aside from her professional involvement in physical therapy, Sara stays active in the health and fitness world. She is a certified Pilates instructor, AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, an ACE certified personal trainer. Sara continues to teach community-based fitness classes at local health clubs and the park district. Sara has an extensive history of working with Bally Total Fitness in the media and has promoted health and fitness at multiple local Chicago events, including the Taste of Chicago, the NBC Health and Fitness Expo, and local news reports. She has also participated in several marathons. Sara incorporates her healthy, active lifestyle into the development of comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

Dr. Koveleski Kraut is passionate about education and is always excited to share her 15+ years of clinical experience with therapists around the country, as she has been a national educator for over a decade.

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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.

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