This course is designed to provide physical therapy students with an understanding of the foundational principles of underlying exercise as a physical therapy intervention. The course first explores the fundamental principles of exercise, with a particular emphasis on the physiological effects of mobility, strength, and conditioning interventions across the lifespan. Instruction in exercise program planning stresses the need for prescribing therapeutic exercise with precision and consideration of each individual's unique medical history. Exercise interventiuons for the spine and lower extremeties are the regional foci. At these regions, students learn both isolated and integrated techniques and the proper application of each. Finally, the course challenges the student's clinical decision-making as they learn to integrate therapeutic exercise with their evaluation/treatment classes.
Prerequisites: Second year status in the Physical Therapy program.