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Strength Exercise for Aging Adults
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When: October 14, 2017
Where: St. Therese Corporate
1660 S Hwy 100
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
United States
Contact: Seana Benting

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Speaker: Mark Richards, MS PT, BA PT, CEEAA
Contact Hours: 7 contact hours (MN BPT Cat. 1)
Location: St. Therese Corporate

About This Course

Whether you work in home health, outpatient, skilled nursing, a rehab center, or acute care, this course is designed to help you enhance your strength exercise treatments in a clinically realistic and practical way. Reimbursement and regulatory challenges make the provision of therapy more challenging than ever. How does one employ evidence-based treatment principles when there seems to be less and less time to treat patients? And, on top of that, deliver expected, superior clinical outcomes? Muscular weakness in aging adults is effectively treated when using the proper exercise protocols. Unfortunately, many therapists use strength exercise approaches that are not research-based, resulting in sub-par patient strength gains. This heavily evidence-based seminar will provide you with the information needed to deliver safe and highly effective optimal strength exercise to aging adults. The course is designed to enable you to immediately and efficiently incorporate the learned material into your clinical practice and enhance your treatment outcomes!

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Articulate why physical weakness in the elderly is a serious issue and understand the strength building principles essential to counteracting weakness.
  • Defend the capabilities of the elderly to gain strength as a result of performing optimal resistance exercise.
  • List the advantages, limitations, and practical considerations of various strength-building methods.
  • Apply indications, precautions, and contraindications when strengthening patients with common medical diagnoses.
  • Delineate vital sign guidelines in relation to precaution, termination, and exclusion from participation from heavy exertion.
  • Explain optimal resistance training parameters and the rationale for each.
  • Discuss the importance of accurate record keeping and proper documentation of therapy patients.
  • Apply optimal strength exercise protocols in an efficient and effective manner. 

Course Schedule

8:00am-8:30am        Registration
8:30am-9:15am        Weakness
9:15am-9:45am        Strength exercise research: Impact of proper exercise prescription to increase function, decrease risk of falls and hospital re-admission
9:45am-10:00am      Functional Effects
10am-10:15am         Break
10:15am-11:00am    Strength exercise methods
11:00am-12:00pm    Diagnostic-specific strength exercise research
12:00-1:00pm           Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm-2:30pm        Diagnostic-specific strength exercise research (continued)
2:30-2:45pm             Break
2:45-3:00pm             Exercise and vital sign guidelines
3:00-3:45pm             Optimal strength exercise parameters: frequency duration and intensity
3:45-4:15pm             Documentation and case studies: compliance issues and impact on quality of life
4:15-5:00pm             Demonstration and lab

Speaker Biography 

Mark Richards, MS, PT, CEEAA, a dynamic and engaging instructor, received his B.A. in Physical Therapy in 1980 from the College of St. Scholastica and his M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He has numerous years of varied clinical experience in orthopedics, sports medicine, and geriatrics and has conducted research in strength exercise in aged therapy patients. He has been employed on a national level for various companies including NovaCare, Marriott Senior Living Services, Aegis Therapies, and Accelerated Care Plus. In those roles he has developed and managed clinical programs including, but not limited to, strength exercise, wellness, orthopedics, and physical agent modalities. Mark has presented numerous times at state, national, and international level therapy and health care conferences including the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, APTA National and Combined Section Meetings, and has served as faculty for the APTA Academy of Geriatrics.

Registration Information

Who should attend this course: PTs, PTAs, SPT(A)s, OTs, OTAs
Registrants: Enrollment in this course is limited to 50 participants
Registrants are asked to wear comfortable clothes for the class.
Registration Prices:
PT Member PTA Member SPT(A) Member PT Nonmember PTA Nonmember SPT(A) Nonmember
$175 $150 $125 $200 $170 $145

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded. 

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any questions at:

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