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Patricial Leahy Memorial Lecture - CEU Information

PT and PTAs can earn 2.5 CEUs (DE, NJ, PA) and honor the memory of Professor Leahy.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize recent research on neuroplasticity and high intensity exercise in individuals with PD.
  2. Design treatment strategies relating to gait and mobility deficits using recent research advances in therapy for PD.
  3. List commonly used outcome measures for assessing individuals with Parkinson’s disease based on disease stage and clinical presentation.
  4. Develop ways to improve patient self-efficacy to promote self-management techniques for exercise adherence.
  5. Develop appropriate PD-specific therapy programs based on high intensity research principles.


Course Outline

  1. Introduction to PD
    1. Pathophysiology & Biomechanics
    2. Neuroplasticity
  2. Assessment
    1. Outcome measures
  3. High Intensity Exercise Defined
    1. Physical Therapy management programs
    2. Self-Efficacy and Self- management techniques
  4. Case-based treatment Discussions
  5. Group discussion of Cases
  6. Final Q & A


Course Format

  • Objectives 1, 2,3, 4 and 5 to be disseminated in a 45 minute lecture.
  • Objectives 1,2 , 4 and 5 to be disseminated in small group breakout sessions, which will include:
    1. a discussion of treatment options and training methods
    2. case- based treatment discussion
    3. report back to large group from each breakout group, of  key discussion points.
  • A final presenter led question/answer session will conclude the course. 


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