Diabetes Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription for Optimal Rehabilitation Outcomes - A New Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course from North American Seminars

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This 2-day, advanced North American Seminars, Inc. course provides practical information pertaining to recent research findings of the use of clinical exercise testing and prescription for people with diabetes to improve functional impairments and prevent complications.

Advanced Diabetes Course presented by North American Seminars, Inc.

North American Seminars, Inc. presents a new physical therapy continuing education course titled, Diabetes Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription for Optimal Rehabilitation Outcomes.

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease that can cause multiple cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal complications, all of which can result in physical disabilities and early death. Research studies provide supportive evidence for the use of clinical exercise testing and prescribed exercise programs to decrease risk factors for complications related to diabetes. Further, evidence indicates that clinical exercise testing and prescription is effective in improving physical function in patients with diabetes who have cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal disabilities. However, patients with diabetes have specific clinical exercise testing and prescription needs and therefore, must be tailored to the patient.

This 2-day, advanced diabetes course provides practical information pertaining to recent research findings of the use of clinical exercise testing and prescription for people with diabetes to improve functional impairments and prevent complications. The application of clinical exercise testing and prescription to treat people with diabetes who have or are at risk for various cardiovascular, orthopaedic, and neurological conditions is highlighted. This course describes how the findings of recent studies can be immediately applied to clinical practice, including rehabilitation outcomes and reimbursement, and consists of a combination of dynamic lectures, lab sessions, and small group discussion of case studies. At the conclusion of this course, clinicians will be provided clinical practice tools such as a checklist of contraindications for exercise in patients with diabetes, a diabetes-specific exercise evaluation form, spreadsheets for measuring outcomes of exercise and functional tests, and a collection of recent research studies on exercise for people with diabetes.

North American Seminars, Inc. Course Objectives

  • Explain the benefits of exercise for people with diabetes in terms of metabolism, glycemic control, physical fitness, cardiovascular risks, and physical function.
  • Conduct an exercise evaluation of a patient with diabetes, including identification of contraindications for exercise.
  • Utilize evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to safely and effectively prescribe resistance training and aerobic training for patients with diabetes and people at risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe examples of valid and reliable submaximal graded exercise testing protocols and repetition-maximum tests that can be used in the care of patients with diabetes.
  • Develop a safe and effective exercise prescription to improve functional impairments in people with diabetes who have various cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal diagnoses.
  • Analyze recent clinical trials of the impact of exercise training on glycemic control, physical fitness, physical function, and mortality in people with diabetes.
  • Understand the latest research on the different modes of delivering an exercise program for people with diabetes, specifically supervised exercise training, exercise counseling, and the internet.
  • Recognize how to use HbA1C as a tool to assist patients in goal-setting and explain the significance of the HbA1C test in overall evaluation of a patient’s current status prior to initiation of exercise prescription and in review of a patient’s progress after initiation of an exercise program.
  • Identify a list of outcome assessments that can examine changes in physical function in people with diabetes as a result of exercise training and utilize Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for measuring outcomes of exercise and functional tests.
  • Analyze reimbursement strategies that clinicians can utilize in providing exercise training programs for people with diabetes.

North American Seminars, Inc. instructor

J. David Taylor, PT, PhD, CSCS completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and an Master of Physical Therapy degree at Southwest Baptist University. David is recognized as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Dr. Taylor has been a faculty member at UCA since 2002. As an assistant professor at UCA, David teaches in the area of therapeutic exercise and conducts research in the area of exercise prescription for improving health, which includes treatment of diabetes, reducing risk factors for loss of physical function and mortality, and improving physical function. As a clinician and researcher, David conducts exercise testing, prescribes exercise, and provides exercise education and counseling for people with diabetes.

Dr. Taylor has been the principal investigator for multiple research studies that have been presented at numerous national conferences and published in many top-tiered, peer-reviewed journals. His previous and current research is related to the reliability and validity of exercise tests and clinical trials of exercise training for people with diabetes.

Course Dates - Check the Diabetes course schedule for the most current dates:

May 15 - May 16, 2010         Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Course Tuition: $425.00 Approved for 15.00 hrs

June 26 - June 27 2010         Healthsouth Rehabilitation Center, Henderson, Nevada
Course Tuition: $425.00 Approved for 15.00 hrs

October 02 - October 03 2010     St. Anthony's Medical Center, St Louis, Missouri
Course Tuition: $425.00 Approved for 15.00 hrs

October 23 - October 24 2010     Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, California
Course Tuition: $425.00 Approved for 15.00 hrs

North American Seminars Inc. a national provider of physical therapy continuing education, has been recognized by the California Physical Therapy Board as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers for Continuing Competency Courses in the State of California

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