Motor Control, Motor Learning, and Gait Recovery After Stroke

presented by Karen McCain

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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 renowned Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation located in Dallas, Texas. Her clinical and research interests are centered around Stroke recovery, Gait and Balance rehabilitation and Multi-Disciplinary Neurological Care. As lead investigator for the Locomotor Treadmill Training (LTT) study at Baylor Institute, Dr. McCain has helped make significant strides in gait and balance recovery in patients with stroke as well as improving outcomes in all stroke related impairments and is currently working on a third manuscript for LTT. In addition to teaching, she maintains a clinical practice and is actively involved in research with subjects with acute stroke.

    Dr. McCain received her physical therapy degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and her DPT from Regis University. She is an active member of the APTA and holds a specialty certification in neurology as well as a degree in Speech/Language Pathology. She has earned both the Leadership in Practice Award and the Excellence in Allied Health Award.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Motor Control

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.