The therapeutic exercise environment may be the last bastion for bridging movement experiences directly with patient functional needs in a manner that truly fulfills expectations and quality-of-life potential. However, therapists may not have received adequate education in developing a basic therapeutic exercise prescription, much less well-designed strength and conditioning programs. This potentially generates a large dilemma for the profession that desires to “own the human movement system.” (Nyland, 2015)
I created this page as a resource for PT students and clinicians who want to spend some time learning principles of therapeutic exercise with a grudging nod to those looking for specific exercise inspiration. I firmly believe that it is vital to have an understanding of principals within a framework to guide the prescription. The specific exercise matters very little if the framework is missing. Never add an exercise without a specific reason for doing so. “Something different” is rarely justifiable simply for that reason. That said – the following is a list of resources I have curated on the topic. (This is currently an ongoing project – check back for more )
Please note – this is intended for informational purposes only to help inform the clinical process. Exercise your clinical decision making and know what you need before adding an exercise. I would encourage everyone to read through the resources in the clinical framework section. Many of them are excellent.
Therapeutic Exercise Resources
Excellent article laying the foundation behind exercise prescription. Well worth the read.
Applying S&C principals to rehab: Dan Lorenz and Mike Reiman discuss this topic in depth.
Periodization in Rehab: Dan Lorenz and I review current concepts in periodization and its application to rehab
These next articles are essential reading for determining dosage and understanding the thought process behind it:
Nuts and Bolts of Prescription
Relevant YouTube Channels
Sports Kongres – incredible resource from last year that will likely be updated.
ASPETAR – not much more needs to be said. You will find something relevant to what you do.
Sports Specific – Energy System Testing and RTP
Rehab Protocol Databases
There are many other great texts but these give a great foundation.