Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy (E-format)


ACSM: 20.00, BCRPA: 20.00, BOC Cat. A: 8.00, CPTN: 7.00, HFPA (S.A.): 2.00, ISSA: 20.00, KIPS: 2.00, NAFC: 2.00, NASM: 1.90, NASN: 2.00, NETA: 20.00, NFPT: 2.00, NSCA-CPT: 2.00, PTAG: 20.00, SFA: 2.00, WITS: 16.00, CE Hours (other certifications): 20.00 hours,

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American Academy of Health & Fitness (Tammy Petersen) Learning Format: Webcast
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The Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy™ continuing education home study course presents proven clinical approaches to stabilize the spine. It provides a foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client and integrating them into a complete program to offer the best possible care in back health. You will gain the practical knowledge to help you recognize and assess inappropriate movement patterns—whether caused by injury or simple day-to-day activity—and use a process of clinical decision making to determine which exercises to use in developing effective back care programs.

All major personal training and group fitness certification organizations approve the Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy™ home study course. Personal trainers holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all certifications for which they need continuing education with this single home study course at no additional cost.

This continuing education home study course is offered to you in a distance-learning format, providing a logical progression from initial concepts to clinical applications. The text introduces the problems of back pain and instability and provides an explanation of spinal anatomy, movements, and the physics of lifting. A discussion follows of the basic skills required for developing stability. Assessments of posture and muscle balance are highlighted, and foundational movements for development of core stability are introduced. After covering the basics, the text moves into more practical applications by presenting progressive exercises and basic equipment used for developing greater stability. Information on abdominal training, resistance apparatus, speed and power, and practical functional progressions will help your patients or clients increase back stability and enhance performance. Finally, real-life patient examples illustrate how to structure a full back stability program. 

The American Academy of Health and Fitness™ (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 8.00 Category A hours/CEUs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain “back stability” and the scope of the problem of back pain. 
  2. Discuss the model of lumbar stabilization presented in the text. 
  3. Identify and explain the anatomical components and the biomechanics of the lumbar spine. 
  4. Identify and explain the stabilization mechanics of the lumbar spine. 
  5. Discuss the principles of muscle imbalance. 
  6. Discuss the relationship between posture and stability. 
  7. Identify and describe muscle balance tests. 
  8. Explain and demonstrate foundation movements. 
  9. List and explain the progression steps in stability training. 
  10. Explain and demonstrate exercises for building back fitness. 
  11. Define and apply functional training strategies. 
  12. Perform a preliminary client assessment. 
  13. Design a stability program based on needs analysis data and established program goals. 

Course Content

Course Materials:

Electronic format -- Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy™ certificate package with online test includes

  • The eBook version of the 360-page Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition book by Christopher Norris (accessed through Adobe Digital Editions/BlueFire Reader).
  • A 106-page workbook provided in PDF format.
  • Instructions for completing the 60-question multiple-choice online test and obtaining CECs in PDF format.

Note: This course package is made available for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Table of Contents:

Part I. Conceptual Foundation

  • Chapter 1. What Is Back Stability
  • Chapter 2. Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine
  • Chapter 3. Stabilization Mechanisms of the Lumbar Spine
  • Chapter 4. Principles of Muscle Imbalance

Part II. Establishing Stability

  • Chapter 5. Posture 
  • Chapter 6. Muscle Balance Tests
  • Chapter 7. Foundation Movements

Part III. Progressing Stability Training

  • Chapter 8. Limb Loading
  • Chapter 9. Unstable Base
  • Chapter 10. Gym Ball
  • Chapter 11. Foam Rollers

Part IV. Building Back Fitness

  • Chapter 12. Faults With Traditional Abdominal Training
  • Chapter 13. Abdominal Training Using Stability Concepts 
  • Chapter 14. Resistance Training for Core Strength
  • Chapter 15. Speed and Power in Core Training
  • Chapter 16. Functional Training

Part V. Clinical Application

  • Chapter 17. Preliminary Client Assessment 
  • Chapter 18. Designing the Program
  • Chapter 19. Case History Illustrations

Exam Details

This course qualifies for up to 20 hour(s) of CEU credit with major certifying organizations. Instructions for completing the online examination and obtaining CEU credit are also included.

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