Functional Gains in Stroke Recovery using Therapeutic Exercise

About the Course:
Resistance training and resistive exercise is often overlooked in stroke rehab, even though research has found that it plays a part in improving cognitive function in stroke survivors. Cognitive testing revealed that both resistance training and aerobic exercise contributed to improvements in cognition at 6 months.This course provides treatment techniques and exercise protocols using resistive bands for therapists involved in neurological rehabilitation. to go back to their treatment environments and immediately be able to utilize these techniques. Specific exercises are then introduced including exercises for the UE, LE, and core stabilization techniques to increase overall function as well as balance. With these techniques, a therapist goes back to their treatment environments and immediately be able to utilize these techniques in their daily patient care.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the biomechanical principles of elastic resistance by showing the relevance to patient positioning and utilization.
2. Recognize the appropriate exercises specifically using elastic resistance, balls, stabilization tools, and balance tools for stroke population.
3. Recognize the clinical outcomes of exercise interventions in stroke populations using elastic resistance training, balls, balance tools and stabilization tools.

About the Author:
Stacey Davis is the Director of Rehabilitation/Therapy Services at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Georgia. She is a 1989 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta Georgia with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. She has been an Occupational Therapist for 29 years and has worked in a variety of settings with proven abilities in development of cash based programs, continuing education course development, coach certified in Matter of Balance through the Agency of Aging, management andsupervision of personnel and marketing of therapy services.Stacey is a certified instructor through the Theraband Academy as well as a certified Kineso Taping Practitioner. Stacey is a member of AOTA and GOTA being active and supportive since 1989. She demonstrates proven abilities with the development of continuing education courses for allied health professionals and has been a speaker since 2008.