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OPTIMIZING MOTION: External Focus Sources and Methods of Application
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OPTIMIZING MOTION: External Focus Sources and Methods of Application

Provided by San Jose District, CPTA

When: Saturday, September 14
Where: Stimson Physical Therapy
1000 Fremont Ave., Suite 195
Los Altos, CA  94024
United States
Contact: Ann Vivian

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In clinical practice physical therapists assist patients in restoring function. In addition to improving strength and range of motion, physical therapists also assist patients in restoring motor control for optimum performance of functional activities. Recent evidence shows that using an external focus with measurable goals and encouragement by the practitioner is the best method for improving and restoring motor control. The focus of this course is to provide information on types of external focus that can be easily applied in the clinic and an opportunity during the lab sessions to practice a number of these methods.

7:45-8:00 Registration
8:00-9:00 Lecture: OPTIMAL Theory overview 
9:00-10:30 Lecture: External focus options for rehabilitation
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Lab: Posture 
12:00-1:00 Lunch provided
1:00-2:15 Lab: Upper extremity motor control 
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-4:00 Lab: Lower extremity motor control 
4:00-5:00 Lab: Balance
5:00-5:30 Q&A, Course Evaluations

Instructor: Wendy Stimson, PT, MBA is the founder and owner of Stimson Physical Therapy in Los Altos, California. In addition, she is the founder and CEO of Stimson Biokinematics. Ms. Stimson is the inventor of the GyroCoach®, a patented visual goniometer device used to evaluate and retrain patients’ movement patterns for optimal performance. Ms. Stimson received her BS in physical therapy from California State University, Fresno in 1979 and an MBA from San Jose State University in 1986.

She has presented a poster at the 2017 APTA NEXT and 2017 CPTA conference on “Reducing HyperkyphoticPosture Using a Laser-Based- Visual Cue: A Case Report” and presented a course a one day course in 2010 on “Beyond Exercise: Achieving Functional Motor Control”. Ms. Stimson has extensive clinical experience in the area of using visual and audio cues as an external focus. She has spent the past 15 years developing rehabilitation practices for using an external focus for teaching motor control using force plates, inertial sensors, audio feedback, visual feedback and laser-based visual feedback.

$180 APTA members
$290 Non-members
No on-site registration.

CEUs: 8.0 contact hours or 0.8 CEUs 
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture with lab
Attire: Comfortable attire. Please dress in layers to allow flexibility and variances in room temperatures
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Parking is free in clinic parking lot

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Contact: annvpt@sbcglobal.net