A seminar available through Great Lakes Seminars is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of therapeutic exercise and their ability to create basic to advanced functional exercise programs. According to the Great Lakes Seminars website, attendees of the “Functional Strength – An Updated Approach to Exercising our Patients” seminar will learn to assess functional weakness and differentiate between it, and weakness found in manual muscle testing. Additionally, attendees will be able to apply concepts learned in the class to build a program customized for each patient.

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The site says the course will progress from basic fundamentals to advanced, high-level athletic plyometric training. The course will be 75% to 80% hands-on. However, attendees are not required to perform all of the exercises shown in the class. The seminar is approved by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for 1.6 CEUs.

Objectives for the course include demonstrating the ability to assess functional weakness in a patient, demonstrate the ability to assess the primary, and if appropriate, secondary compensations occurring as a result of weakness. Upon completion of the seminar, attendees will also have gained the ability to demonstrate and understand the difference between manual muscle testing and functional strength testing, as well as demonstrate the ability to perform and/or instruct exercises that work on the functional approach of muscle activity.

As part of the course goals, attendees will demonstrate the ability to state the rationale for and perform an in-depth and proper functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk; how to apply force couples, synergies, and muscle slings to the body to address function specific strength deficits; demonstrate; the ability to develop and implement a comprehensive functional exercise program, progressing from basic to advanced levels; and Obtain the skills to immediately apply the methods learned in this course.

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[Source: Great Lakes Seminars]