The field of motor learning research has been increasingly integrated into physical therapy practice over the past two decades. Current therapy paradigms must evolve as evidence from research studies shed light on how we learn and develop motor skills. It is extremely important as practicing clinicians that we integrate these findings into how we approach patient care. This course takes a peek at what current evidence suggests are the best practices in applying motor learning concepts to the clinic. We will delve into "classic" as well as novel concepts, the principles of neuroplasticity and how they dovetail with motor skill acquisition, and how researchers are applying these ideas to the development of new and exciting treatment regimens.
This seminar-on-demand is 7 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
- Motor learning concepts and their connection to clinical practice
- Definitions of motor learning
- Three phases of motor learning
- Anatomy and physiology of motor learning
- Definitions and comparison of motor learning (aka motor sequence learning) and motor adaptation
- Considerations for older adults
- Rehab implications
- Error correction and "trial and error" learning descriptions
- Description of how nervous system corrects for errors
- Difference between large and small errors
- Implications for rehab
- Types of feedback: Internal vs. external, Delayed vs. immediate, Summary, and Bandwidth
- Limited feedback
- Self controlled feedback and positive reinforcement,
- The forms of augmented feedback (visual, auditory, haptic, and combined) and how to use them in the clinic
- Neuroplasticity and its relevance to rehabilitation
- The 10 factors affecting neuroplasicity and how to apply them in therapy
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Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on The field of motor learning research has been increasingly integrated into physical therapy practice over the past two decades.
- Identify motor learning and the 3 phases of motor learning
- Understand the basic neurological structures involved with motor learning
- Define motor learning/motor sequence learning and adaptation
- Recognize how age affects both methods of learning
- Recognize implications for a therapy environment
- Recognize how the nervous system corrects for errors and learns from its mistakes
- Identify how to take advantage of this process in rehabilitation based on type of errors being made
- Identify various types of feedback, and recognize the importance of limiting feedback
- Identify the benefits of self controlled feedback and positive reinforcement
- List the various forms of augmented feedback and how to use them in the clinic
- Identify the 10 factors affecting neuroplasticity
- Describe how each principle can be applied in a clinical setting
- Identify the most current therapy interventions inspired by motor learning research
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 7
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Nurses
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
The course materials for this course are available in our online format available instantly or by mail.
Financial – Geoff Mosley is employed by University of Missouri Health Care and receives a salary. He receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.