Functional Strength: An Updated Approach to Exercising our Patients

Course Description

This class will give you the ability to advance your understanding of therapeutic exercise and your ability to create basic to advanced functional exercise programs. You will learn to assess functional weakness and differentiate this from weakness found in manual muscle testing.  Finally, apply concepts learned in class to build a program that is customized to your patient. 

This course will progress from basic fundamentals to advanced, high-level athletic plyometric training. As with all Great Lakes courses, it will be 75-80% hands-on but attendees aren't required to perform all of the exercises shown in the class.

Functional Strength Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Given a case study, assess functional weakness in a patient using the four pathological barriers to ideal/optimal movement.
  • Perform an assessment of a dysfunctional movement pattern and specifically identify 2 primary and 1-2 secondary compensatory movements occurring due to weakness and/or pain.
  • ​Accurately justify the use of functional strength testing versus manual muscle testing when assessing a patient.
  • Properly exhibit and/or correctly perform 4 exercises using a functional approach to muscle activity.
  • Correctly state the rationale for an in-depth functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk.
  • Properly execute an in-depth functional strength assessment of upper extremity, lower extremity and trunk.
  • Correctly apply force couples, synergies, and muscle slings to the body to address function-specific strength deficits.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive functional exercise program, progressing from basic to advanced levels for patients.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of the principles of functional muscle assessment
  • Differentiation between muscle action and muscle function
  • Proper technique for open kinetic chain exercises and closed kinetic chain exercises
  • Functional Exercises for the upper body
  • Functional exercises for the lower body
  • Functional exercise for the trunk/core
  • Exercises using body weight, therapy ball, resistance bands and foam roller

Course Instructors

Steve Baynai

PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT


Steve earned a doctorate degree from Northwestern University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science in 2010 and has practiced in outpatient orthopedics since that time. In addition, he became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and attained his CIMT certification from Great Lakes Seminars in 2013. Steve currently works for Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy and is the clinic director and owner of an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the suburbs of Chicago. He treats a vast array of orthopedic conditions with special interest in athletic and post-operative shoulder, knee and ankle rehabilitation. Steve utilizes the principles learned through Great Lakes Seminars on a daily basis and is a strong proponent of a comprehensive approach to patient care that is rooted in manual therapy and reinforced through a functional approach to therapeutic exercise. He currently lives in western Chicago suburbs with his wife Katie and their 4 children.

Steve Baynai
Stuart Orr

Stuart Orr

BS, PTA, NSCA-CPT, CWcHP


Stuart Orr graduated from Pennsylvania State University earning his AS in Applied Sciences with a concentration in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1999. In 2006 he earned his BS in Marketing and Management from Pennsylvania State University. Stuart holds certifications as an exercise specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT), Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluator and Workers Compensation Healthcare Provider. Stuart is ongoing in post graduate continuing education to develop his clinical and manual skills, yet also has found a passion for teaching other healthcare professionals as an assistant instructor with Great Lakes Seminars since 2003. Stuart has more than 12 years of orthopedic and sports medicine experience & has worked extensively within the worker’s compensation field assisting the injured worker in getting back to the labor force. Stuart is currently a regional director of Work Hardening/ Conditioning for ATI Physical Therapy for PA/ Northern DE.

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, functional muscle assessment, action versus function, and muscle synergies

10:15am

Lecture: functional synergies, appropriate use of different exercise tools

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Functional Exercises for the Upper and lower extremity

3:15pm

Lab: Movement assessment - Upper and lower trunk

5:00pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30pm

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Review Session

8:30am

Lab: Functional Exercises of the upper extremities

10:15am

Lab: Functional Exercises for the lower extremities

11:00am

Lab: Palpation/functional anatomy of lower extremity

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Functional Exercises of the upper trunk

3:15pm

Lab: Functional Exercises of the lower trunk

4:30pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:00pm

Adjourn

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