Evaluation and Treatment of the Functional Squat: An Evidence-Based Approach


About the Course
This course is intended for physical therapists and athletic trainers who evaluate and treat clients with squat dysfunctions. This course discusses how to evaluate a proper squat and how to intervene when a movement dysfunction is present. This course takes an evidence-based approach to various squat interventions, including electromyographical studies, to determine optimal muscular activation during exercise. The course provides recommendations for exercise interventions that correlate to each squat deviation.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Classify the major muscles and joint movements involved in performing a functional squat. 
  • Predict the correct movement pattern of a functional squat. 
  • Classify the causative factors of compensation during the functional squat. 
  • Relate the significance of the “knees over toes” position during the functional squat to optimize client performance. 
  • Relate the concept of regional interdependence at multiple body segments in relation to the functional squat. 
  • Connect current evidence-based research to determine the extent of muscle activation during functional squat variations and interventions. 
  • Produce treatment interventions to promote improved functional squat movement patterns. 

About the Author/Presenter
Dr. Ryan Wadas PT, DPT earned his bachelor's degree in human biology from the University of Kansas in 2005 and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2009 from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Wadas has over 12 years of outpatient orthopedic PT experience, the majority of which he served as a clinical instructor working with PT and PTA students. He also has 9 years of experience in academics; Dr. Wadas is currently a professor at South University’s PTA program in Tampa, FL with 7 years as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University’s DPT program in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Wadas has advanced training and coursework in spinal manipulation through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT), the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), vestibular therapy training, Myofascial Practitioner Cupping Certification, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).    

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is a recognized Physical Therapy continuing education Provider by the following: California Physical Therapy Association Approved CE Program status number CPTAAP-28, Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice (Provider #50-4007); Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Physical Therapy Sponsor #216.000315); Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision Physical Therapy Approved Provider (Provider #BAP202310050; expires 12/31/2023); South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy (Provider #50-4007); and Texas Physical Therapy Association (Provider #2411048TX). Colibri Healthcare, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved sponsor of continuing education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. Individual courses are approved through: the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board; Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; and Ohio Physical Therapy Association. Colibri Healthcare, LLC's Ethics and Jurisprudence courses are approved by the APTA Georgia; Ethics, Laws, and Rules, for Hawaii Physical Therapists course is approved by the Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy; Ethics and Jurisprudence for the Indiana Physical Therapy & Physical Therapist Assistant course is approved by the APTA Indiana; and Ethics, Laws, and Rules, for Tennessee Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants courses are approved by the Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Physical Therapy. Colibri Healthcare, LLC's courses are approved by Continuing Education Review Services (CERS), an approval agency for the District of Columbia Board of Physical Therapy and accepted for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. The following states accept courses that are approved by another state physical therapy association: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, D.C. Wisconsin, Wyoming. Colibri Healthcare, LLC’s courses meet the standards for continuing education activities in Washington. The following states accept courses that are approved by a chapter of the APTA: Georgia, Idaho, Pennsylvania. Colibri Healthcare, LLC's courses are approved by the Ohio chapter of the APTA.