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Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Gait Recovery After Stroke

presented by Karen McCain

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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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This course is designed to review basic principles of motor control and motor learning with emphasis on the application of these principles in the neurologic population. We will cover task analysis, a cornerstone skill for physical and occupational therapists, and apply these principles in the selection of clinical interventions. In addition, some practical ideas for structuring optimum practice in the clinic and at home will be reviewed. Following the review of these foundational topics, we will briefly review gait after stroke, including characteristics as well as traditional treatment approaches used for gait training following stroke. We will then apply the principles laid out in the first part of the program in the application of a specific treatment approach for gait retraining after stroke. We will conclude the program with patient cases and videos. This course is designed to immediately impact clinical practice across the continuum of care.

Meet Your Instructor

Karen McCain, PT, DPT, NCS

Karen McCain, PT, DPT, NCS, is a licensed physical therapist, board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and educator with more than twenty years of clinical experience. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and is former senior physical therapist at the…

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1. Motor Control

Define the basic concepts of motor control and the implications for clinical practice. Outline a framework for the most effective theory of motor control.

2. Motor Learning

Define the basic concepts of motor learning and the implications for clinical practice. Discuss practical clinical applications in regards to motor learning.

3. Putting it Together in the Clinic: Task Analysis

Discuss the terms task-specific and task-analysis and how they impact clinical decision-making. Outline your role as a therapist in utilizing the task-analysis approach.

4. Structuring Practice to Promote Motor Learning

Outline how to structure the most effective practice to promote motor learning. Discuss your role in facilitating motor learning.

5. Gait After Stroke, Gait Treatment After Stroke, Applying the Principles

Define the basic features of gait after stroke. Outline what the literature details on gait treatment after stroke. Discuss approach option for gait treatment after stroke.

6. Locomotor Treadmill Training and Early Standardized Task-Specific Training

Explain the basic principles of locomotor treadmill training (LTT) and how they apply to stroke. Understand what LTT looks like in the clinical setting. Discuss how to use the principles in the clinic with persons in the acute phase of recovery, as well as with persons in the sub-acute and chronic phases of recovery.

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