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Reactive Balance: Translating Research into Clinical Practice

Reactive Balance: Translating Research into Clinical Practice
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AT: Advanced

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Older adults and individuals with neurologic conditions are at an increased fall risk. The ability to produce quick reactive stepping is a critical component to decrease this risk and improve function.  Perturbation-based balance training (PBBT) is an innovative intervention design with a goal of improving control of the needed rapid balance reaction.

An abundance of PBBT research has been performed with a variety of patient populations including stroke, spinal cord injury, as well as aging adults.  However, the research design of these studies are often impractical for the everyday clinician and don’t address the preliminary building blocks for varying levels of patients in different settings.  

In this course, the speaker will review the necessary components to progress different patient diagnoses/settings to effectively perform PBBT.  Through lecture and video-based cases, this session will focus on translating the evidence to successfully implement a progression of PBBT-type interventions for the above patient diagnoses.  The presenter will emphasize key evidence-based concepts along with practical solutions to execute PBBT interventions. 

The purpose of this course is for participants to leave with practical and evidence-based insights to safely and effectively apply PBBT with patients when returning to their clinic.

In order to receive credit for this webinar participants must attend the webinar for the full duration, complete the quiz with a minimum score of 70%, and complete the participant survey.

Those who do not pass initially are given the opportunity to re-take the quiz.

Meet Your Instructor

J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA
J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at NOVA Southeastern University. She has more than 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Mowder-Tinney has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). She received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults certification from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Nazareth College in the physical therapy department. She teaches the Neuromuscular series that incorporates the onsite pro-bono clinic. In addition, she teaches an advanced neuromuscular elective. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the treatment of aging adults and patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, and Parkinson's Disease.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze four priority and current research articles to make appropriate recommendations for Perturbation-Based Balance Training.
  • Compare and contrast at least five different assessment techniques to accurately determine patient appropriateness for PBBT.
  • Describe five progressive PBBT interventions for patients in your specific clinical setting.
  • Identify four different equipment options to safely use to prepare and deliver effective perturbations.
  • Recall four documentation tips to assist in showing the therapists’ skilled intervention.


5:00pm-5:20pm Chapter 1: Literature Review for Falls and PBBT
5:20pm-5:50pm Chapter 2: Outcome Measures to utilize with PBBT
5:50pm-6:15pm Chapter 3: A Review of a One Session PBBT Option
6:15pm-6:40pm Chapter 4: Aging Adult Case Examples
6:40pm-6:50pm Break
6:50pm-7:15pm Chapter 5: iSCI Case Examples
7:15pm-7:40pm Chapter 6: CVA Case Examples
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question & Answer Session

May 13, 2020

5:00pm – 8:15pm (EDT)

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