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Therapeutic Movement: From Isolation to Integration
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Sponsored by Northeast District, CPTA

10/17/2015 to 10/18/2015
When: Saturday & Sunday
From 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: CSUS PT Department
7667 Folsom Blvd
Folsom Hall
Sacramento, CA 
United States
Presenter: Danny McMillian PT, DSc, OCS, CSCS
Contact: William Workman

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Course Description

This two day, lab intensive course is designed to provide 1) a theoretical framework for prescribing therapeutic exercise, and 2) an opportunity to teach and perform high value exercises for the spine and extremities. As the title suggests, the course will cover a broad spectrum of exercise needs. Isolated exercises to target localized mobility or stability impairments will be followed by integrated movement patterns that are functionally relevant. Although a regional approach will be used to organize the content, the importance of regional interdependence is stressed throughout the course. Lectures will address fundamentals of exercise and movement science, the evidence for therapeutic exercise interventions, and the theoretical basis for clinical decision making in the absence of clear evidence. Labs will allow participants the opportunity to perform, teach, and critique the exercises. Unique features of this course include: 1) coverage of functional movement assessments that compliment standard musculoskeletal examinations and 2) program design for wellness and performance.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a therapeutic exercise prescription
  • Prioritize therapeutic exercise interventions based on an individual's primary movement impairments
  • Explain how both isolated and integrated therapeutic exercise might be used to address movement impairments
  • Describe the evidence for choosing therapeutic activities
  • Explain how exercise prescription variables are manipulated in order to meet an individual's specific needs for rehabilitation, wellness, and performance
  • Demonstrate or describe the proper execution of mobility, strength/power, and motor control exercises
  • Evaluate the execution of mobility, strength/power, and motor control exercises
  • Describe the influence of feedback on the acquisition of motor skill
  • Select and teach appropriate exercise for specified impairments of the spine and extremities, or key examination findings


At the U of Puget Sound, Dr. Danny McMillian, PT, DSc, CSCS teaches therapeutic exercise, sports medicine, and ambulatory function, as well as serving as a clinical instructor. Dr. McMillian is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas-San Antonio in 1989, and his entry-level Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Baylor University in 1991. He completed his Residency and Doctoral degree in 2003 from the U.S. Army-Baylor University Residency Program in Physical Therapy -Sports Medicine. He has taught numerous continuing education courses on therapeutic exercise, sports medicine, and human performance. Dr. McMillian retired from the US Army in 2009, having served in a variety of direct access and human performance settings. During his last military assignment, he was the director of the Ranger Athlete Warrior Program, a novel performance initiative where he wrote doctrine and led training interventions.

Course Schedule

Day One

8:00 - 9:00       Principles of Therapeutic Movement (Lecture)
9:00 - 9:45       Functional Evaluation (Lecture)
9:45 - 10:00     Break
10:00 - 11:30   Functional Evaluation Lab
11:30 - 1:00     Lunch
1:00 - 1:30       Planning Interventions for the Core (Lecture)
1:30 - 2:30       Core Lab
2:30 - 2:45       Break
2:45 - 3:15       Planning Interventions for the Lower Extremities (Lecture)
3:15 - 4:30       Lower Extremities Lab
4:30 - 5:00       Day One Review/Assignments to Groups


Day Two

8:00 - 8:30        Planning Interventions for the Upper Quarter (Lecture)
8:30 - 9:45        Upper Quarter Lab
9:45 - 10:00      Break
10:00 - 10:30    Integration and Progression (Lecture)
10:30 - 11:30    Movement and Analysis and Coaching Lab
11:30 - 1:00      Lunch
1:00 - 1:30       Movement Analysis and Coaching Lab, cont.
1:30 - 2:00       Program Design for Wellness and Performance (Lecture)
2:00 - 2:30       Groups Present Assignment Solutions
2:30 - 2:45       Break
2:45 - 3:15       Game Changing Evidence (Lecture)

3:15 - 4:30        Integrating Motor Skills Training with a Dynamic Warm-Up and (Lec/Lab)

4:30 - 5:00       Summary; Q&A



Pending Approval from CPTA


Registration Fees

$ 325 CPTA members; $520 non-members


To register, contact William Workman at or (310) 880-9996.

Deadline to register: October 4, 2015

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