This course is comprised of the modules below.
Part I: Introduction to functional assessment
1.5 hours in duration, this module:
- introduces the concept of a function-based examination versus the standard impairment-based examination within the context of the disablement model.
- discusses the limitations of a traditional strength examination when addressing mobility disability and explores the role of physical activity.
- examines standards for choosing the best functional assessment tools with emphasis on clinimetric properties.
Part II: Introduction to exercise
1 hour in duration, this module:
- describes common musculoskeletal changes seen in aging individuals including the sequelae of sarcopenia and osteoporosis
- discusses the role of physical activity and exercise and their consequences in mobility disability among aging adults, within the context of the slippery slope of aging, with methods to prevent the typical sequalae propose
Part III: Mobility disability
2 hours in duration, this module:
- describes 6 credible and popular tools to measure and assess functional mobility including timed walk tests, stair climbing, and gait speed.
- examines current evidence regarding each test's validity, procedures, and interpretation and as applies to patient examples.
- demonstrates tests using actual patient videos
Part IV: Strengthening Principles
2.5 hours in duration, this module:
- presents an evidence-based exercise prescription for the most effective intervention for mobility disability, strengthening.
- thoroughly examines, within the context of the physical stress theory, overload, specificity, repetitions, frequency, type of contraction, adaptation, motor learning, progression and safety and how it applies to specific presentations of mobility disability.
Dale Avers PT, DPT, Ph.D.
Patrick VanBeveren PT, DPT, MA, OCS, GCS, CSCS