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This online ce course is offered in cooperation with Elsevier Science Publishing and utilizes text from the textbook “Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System” Second Edition by Donald A. Neumann, PT, PhD, FAPTA © 2010
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Kinesiology is the study of human movement, typically pursued within the context of sport, art or medicine.  To a varying degree this course relates to all three areas.  Taking an engaging approach to explore fundamental principles in vivid detail and clarifying the link between the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system to help ensure clear and confident understanding.

Throughout this second edition, information has been updated to reflect the essential topics of kinesiology, including a review of basic structure and functions of the musculoskeletal system and the biomechanical and quantitative aspects of Kinesiology.  You can expect specific anatomic details and kinesiology of the three regions of the body, upper extremity (from the shoulder to the hand), axial skeleton (head, trunk, and spine), and the lower extremity (from the hip to the foot).  You will also find highlighted throughout the course the interaction between muscles and joints.

Available for  ChiropractorOccupational TherapistOccupational Therapist AssistantsPhysical TherapistPhysical Therapist Assistant
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 681 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this continuing education course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Modules In Course

Module 1: Essential Topics of Kinesiology

Module Goals and Objectives
Module Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study in the Essential Topics of Kinesiology.
Professional Learning Objectives
1.  Define and differentiate between kinematics, translation, rotation and osteokinematics.
2.  Explain the primary variables related to kinematics.
3.  Explain arthrokinematics and the fundamental movements that occur between joint surfaces.
4.  Differentiate between close-packed and loose-packed positions at a joint.
5.  Demonstrate knowledge in musculoskeletal torques, rotation and moment arm.
6.  Discus the three classes of musculoskeletal levers
7.  Define synarthroses.
8.  Identify joints based on movement and potential.
9.  Differentiate between the synovial joints based on mechanical analogy.
10.  Discus collagen and elastin fibrous proteins.
11.  Differentiate between Type I and Type II collagen fibers.
12.  Define ground substance and explain its role in housing fibrous proteins.
13.  List the three types of periarticular connective tissues.
14.  Discuss the dynamic and specialized connective tissues that make up bone.
15.  Explain the structural organization of skeletal muscle.
16.  Demonstrate knowledge in the various shapes of muscles.
17.  Discuss and differentiate between isometric, concentric and eccentric muscle activation.
18.  Identify the force-velocity relationship of muscles and compate positive work and negative work.
19.  Define recruitment as it relates to activating muscles via the nervous system.
20.  Discuss the causes of muscle fatigue in healthy persons.
21.  Discuss Newton’s laws of motion: law of inertia, law of acceleration and the law of action-reaction.
22.  Define anthropometry.
23.  Demonstrate knowledge in the free body diagram and the steps for constructing the diagram.
24.  Explain internal and external torques.
25.  Discuss kinematic measurement systems.
26.  List the imaging techniques available to observe and collect data on human motion.
27.  Identify the most commonly used transducer for collecting kinetic data.

Included in Module 1: Essential Topics of Kinesiology
Chapter 1:  Getting Started
Chapter 2:  Basic Structure and Function of the Human Joints
Chapter 3:  Muscle:  The primary Stabilizer and Mover of the Skeletal System
Chapter 4:  Biomechanical Principles

Module 2: Upper Extremity
Module Goals and Objectives
Module Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Upper Extremities in Kinesiology.
Professional Learning Objectives
  1. List the osteologic features of the sternum and the clavicle.
  2. Discuss the four articulations within the shoulder complex.
  3. Identify the general features of the sternoclavicular joint.
  4. List the tissues that stabilize the acromioclavicular joint.
  5. Explain the positioning of the scapula while in the anatomic position.
  6. Discuss scapulothoracic posture and its effect on static stability.
  7. Differentiate between the two functional categories (proximal stabilizers and distal mobilizers) of muscles of the shoulder complex.
  8. List the primary muscles acting as elevators at the scapulothoracic joint.
  9. Identify the prime protractor muscle at the scapulothoracic joint.
  10. Differentiate between the internal rotator muscles of the shoulder and the external rotator muscles of the shoulder.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge in the number of muscles that power and control the wide range of movements available to the shoulder complex.
  12. Identify the osteologic features of the ulna and radius.
  13. Discuss motions that increase tension in the collateral ligaments of the elbow.
  14. Differentiate between the lateral collateral ligament complex of the elbow and the medial collateral ligament.
  15. Explain the functional considerations of flexion and extension.
  16. Identify the primary functions of the Interosseous membrane.
  17. Discuss the individual muscle actions of the elbow flexors.
  18. Identify the maximal-effort flexion torques that have been reported for healthy middle aged men and women.
  19. Explain the function of the supinator and pronator muscles of the forearm.
  20. Demonstrate knowledge in the joint structure and ligaments of the wrist.
  21. Differentiate between the extrinsic ligaments and intrinsic ligaments of the wrist.
  22. Identify the primary cause of carpal instability.
  23. List the primary and secondary set of extensor muscles of the wrist.
  24. List primary and secondary set of flexor muscles of the wrist.
  25. Identify those muscles capable of ulnar deviation of the wrist.
  26. Discuss the muscular function of the hand.
  27. Explain the common function of the Hypothenar muscles of the hand.
  28. Discuss the ability of the hand to manipulate objects.
  29. Define prehension.
  30. Identify and discuss joint deformities that occur in the hand.

Included in Module 2:  Upper Extremity
Chapter 5:  Shoulder Complex
Chapter 6:  Elbow and Forearm
Chapter 7:  Wrist
Chapter 8:  Hand

Module 3: Axial Skeleton
Module Goals and Objectives
Module Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Kinesiology of the Axial Skeleton.
Professional Learning Objectives

1.  Discuss the osteology of the axial skeleton.
2.  Identify the implications of a “slipped” or herniated disc.
3.  Differentiate between the external occipital protuberance and the superior nuchal line.
4.  Demonstrate knowledge in the normal areas of lordosis and kyphosis of the spine.
5.  Discuss the ligamentous support of the vertebral column.
6.  Discuss the mobility of the cervical region of the spine.
7.  Identify the primary function of the intervertebral junctions of the spine.
8.  Explain the stricter and function of the apophyseal joints.
9.  Define apophysis.
10.  Identify the most effective diagnostic test to diagnose disc degeneration.
11.  Demonstrate knowledge in the natural degree of kyphosis present in the thoracic region of the spine when standing.
12.  Discuss the muscle and joint interactions of the axial skeleton.
13.  Explain innervations of the muscles and joints within the trunk and craniocervical regions.
14.  Demonstrate knowledge in the pairs of spinal nerve roots present in the vertebral column.
15.  Differentiate between a muscle during bilateral activation and unilateral activation.
16.  Discuss the transversospinal muscles.
17.  Differentiate between the semispinalis, Multifidi and rotator muscle groups.
18.  Explain the short segmental group of muscles.
19.  Identify the most effective axial rotator muscles of the trunk.
20.  List the intrinsic and extrinsic muscular stabilizers of the trunk.
21.  Discuss the muscular actions of performing a standard sit-up movement.
22.  Demonstrate the biomechanical issues of lifting.
23.  List the four ways to reduce the amount of force required of the back extensor muscles during lifting.
24.  Discuss the relevant osteologic features of the mandible, maxilla, temporal, Zygomatic, sphenoid and hyoid bones.
25.  List the primary muscles of mastication.
26.  Differentiate between the medial and lateral pterygoid.
27.  Discuss the muscular control of opening and closing the mouth.
28.  Demonstrate knowledge in the tissues that seal the thorax.
29.  Define quite expiration and discuss how it compares to forced expiration.

Included in Module 3:  Axial Skeleton
Chapter 9:  Axial Skeleton: Osteology and Arthrology
Chapter 10:  Axial Skeleton: Muscle and Joint Interactions
Chapter 11:  Kinesiology of Mastication and Ventilation

Module 4: Lower Extremity
Module Goals and Objectives
Module Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Lower Extremities in Kinesiology.
Professional Learning Objectives
  1. List the osteologic features of the ilium and differentiate between the external surface and the internal surface.
  2. Identify the osteologic features of the femur.
  3. Define the angle of inclination and identify normal adulthood values.
  4. List the anatomic features of the hip joint and differentiate between the femoral head and the acetabulum.
  5. Discuss the capsule and ligaments of the hip.
  6. Discuss femoral-on-pelvic hip osteokinematics and pelvic-on-femoral hip osteokinematics.
  7. Discuss the motor innervations of the lower extremity originating from the sacral plexus.
  8. Differentiate between the primary hip flexors, the primary hip adductors, the primary hip extensors and primary hip abductors.
  9. List the primary external rotator muscles of the hip.
  10. Define primary and secondary hip osteoarthritis.
  11. Identify the osteologic features of the distal femur.
  12. Discuss the general anatomic and alignment considerations of the femur.
  13. Discuss the tendon reinforcement of the posterior-medial capsule.
  14. Explain blood supply to the menisci.
  15. Identify common mechanisms of injury to the menisci.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge in the anatomic considerations of the medial collateral ligament and the lateral collateral ligament.
  17. Explain the anatomy and function of the anterior cruciate ligament.
  18. Identify common mechanisms of injury involving the anterior cruciate ligament.
  19. Identify test performed to evaluate the integrity of the posterior cruciate ligament and well as common mechanisms of injury.
  20. Discuss sensory innervations of the knee joint.
  21. Differentiate between the knee extensors and the knee flexor-rotator muscles.
  22. Identify functional considerations of the knee.
  23. Discuss internal and external torque.
  24. Explain abnormal alignment of the knee.
  25. Define genu varum.
  26. Discuss the osteologic features of the fibula and distal tibia.
  27. Demonstrate knowledge in the rays of the foot.
  28. Define Pes Planus.
  29. Identify the kinematics of pronation at the subtalar joint.
  30. List the collection of articulations within the distal intertarsal joints.
  31. Define the central feature of Hallux valgus.
  32. Discuss the muscles of the anterior compartment of the leg.
  33. List the layers of the intrinsic muscles of the foot.

Included in Module 4:  Lower Extremity
Chapter 12:  Hip
Chapter 13:  Knee
Chapter 14:  Ankle and Foot