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Impaired Muscle Performance and Sarcopenia

presented by Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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What factors impact muscle performance with aging? This course is designed to give the learner a thorough understanding of factors that can affect muscle performance during the aging process, including sarcopenia. The causes and effects of sarcopenia will be discussed, as well as a review of the current literature regarding interventions. At the end of this course, the learner will have a better understanding of impaired muscle performance and sarcopenia with regard to treating older patients.

Meet Your Instructor

Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS

Stefany Shaibi earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Southern California where she was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Cane Award. Dr. Shaibi is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in both orthopedics and geriatrics. She is an assistant clinical professor of Physical Therapy at…

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1. Aging and Muscle

This chapter will give background information about impaired muscle performance with aging. This is important to understand the incidence and prevalence of muscle dysfunction in our elderly patients.

2. Muscle Performance

This chapter will discuss factors that affect muscle performance, particularly in an elderly population. It is important to understand the possible causes of impaired muscle performance to provide the most effective interventions.

3. Sarcopenia

This chapter will give background information and discuss an overview of sarcopenia. This includes the diagnosis of sarcopenia and the effects of sarcopenia.

4. Pathophysiology of Sarcopenia

This chapter will emphasize the current literature regarding the pathophysiology of sarcopenia. This is important to understand for a more individualized intervention plan for elderly patients.

5. Clinical Implications

This chapter will describe the clinical implications seen in persons with sarcopenia, including changes in function, mobility, and mortality.

6. Tests and Measures

This chapter describes appropriate tests and measures for this population. It is important for clinicians to determine the extent of impairment, risk for adverse events, and outcomes measures for justification of treatment.

7. Evidence-Based Interventions

This chapter discusses the current literature regarding interventions for sarcopenia. This is important for clinicians that work with elderly patients to prescribe interventions appropriately. It is also vital to understand additional medical interventions for sarcopenia.

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