Introduction to Activity-Based Therapy

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Activity-based therapies provide task-specific movements for functional tasks, standing and walking by activating the neuromuscular system below the injury level, optimizing the central state of excitability and providing sensory cues specific to the motor task during intense repetitive training for recovery after neurologic injury. This course provides the scientific basis for therapeutic use of Locomotor Training and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) after human spinal cord injury and explains the knowledge we have gained from epidural stimulation studies. Participants will learn the scientific basis and clinical decision-making upon completion of the online coursework.


Upon completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic science related to activity-based therapy.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the guiding principles of activity-based therapy, with an emphasis on locomotor training and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
  3. Recognize the role of rehabilitation in activity dependent plasticity and the importance of standardization.
  4. Identify and incorporate the principles of activity-based therapy during patient evaluation and progression.

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