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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition” by Authors: Michelle M. Lusardi, PT, DPT, PhD & Milagros "Millee" Jorge, PT, MA, EdD & Caroline Nielsen, BA, MA, PhD ©2013, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course offers the most comprehensive text available on the topic of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, making it your one stop resource for clinically relevant rehabilitation information.  Evidence-based coverage offers essential guidelines on orthotic/prosthetic prescription, pre- and post-intervention gait assessment and outcome measurement, and working with special populations.  Providing a strong foundation in and appreciation for the field of orthotics and prosthetics that will give you the critical skills needed when working with this unique client population.

Throughout the course you’ll find comprehensive coverage of rehabilitation in a variety of environments, including acute care, long-term care, home health care, and outpatient settings.  Authoritative information is incorporated throughout to keep you up to date with the recognized standard in the field and case studies present real-life scenarios that demonstrate how key concepts apply to clinical decision making and evidence-based practice.  Also included are topics in athletics, exploring advanced training and athletics including running and athletic competition, to enhance the quality of life for persons with amputation.  Updated information covering the assessment of gait with a focus on clinically useful outcomes measures, motor control and motor learning incorporating new insights in neuroplasticity and functional recovery.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 851 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 12 modules.  Each module approved for 3, 5, 7 or 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 module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this 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. 

Module Description

Included in Module 2:  Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Neural Plasticity  (5 Contact Hours)
Chapter 3:  Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Neural Plasticity in Orthotic and Prosthetic Rehabilitation
Chapter 4:  An Evidence-Based approach to Orthotic and Prosthetic Rehabilitation

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation through Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Neural Plasticity.
Professional Learning Objectives
  1. Recognize motor control is founded on the understanding of behaviors that physical systems of various types have in common.
  2. Understand Gentile's Taxonomy of Movement Tasks.
  3. List models of motor learning that are founded on distinct notions about learning.
  4. Identify the stages in the Shumway-Cook, Woollacott Systems Model.
  5. Explain the effects of providing too much anticipatory prompting.
  6. Define dynamic ability of the brain to structurally and functionally reorganize neural circuits.
  7. Discuss the "use it or lose it" principle.
  8. Recognize salience impact on motor learning and recovery.
  9. List appropriate interventions aimed at improving or adapting individual's abilities to move effectively.
  10. Identify the most effective way to frame an answerable foreground clinical question.
  11. Discuss patient characteristics that may be used to help focus literature searches for prosthetic and orthotic rehabilitation.
  12. Recognize author reviews and summarizes the work of a number of primary authors.
  13. Identify the largest publicly available database of English language biomedical references in the world.
  14. Recognize that a clinical question will often focus on a broad category.
  15. Identify when determining a test, or measures validity, how well the measure predicts a future event or outcome.