The goal of this course is to provide the participants with a knowledge base that is essential to the successful evaluation of the breast cancer survivor, from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, prevention of lymphedema and proper exercise guidelines and protocols. This course is open to physical therapists, occupational therapists, Pilates instructors, lymphedema treatment specialists, and nurses. Evidence based practice and integration of material from the areas of functional exercise, shoulder rehabilitation and Pilates exercises will be the emphasis of the lab sessions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different surgeries, including breast reconstruction and the impact of these surgeries on physical mobility
- Understand the signs and symptoms of upper extremity lymphedema and axillary web syndrome
- Perform an upper quadrant screening and evaluation for the breast cancer patient.
- Develop a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program using a Pilates-based approach including movement sequencing specific for the breast cancer survivor.
- Develop Periodization Principles and the application of these principles to each survivor’s exercise program.
Online Instructor Training Course
- Learn from home
- 5 hours in duration
- 16 Modules
Modules 1 through 4 are lecture modules with Quizzes.
|Module One: Introduction/History of the Program/Organization of the|
|Module Two: Statistics/Profile of a Cancer Cell/Anatomy/Diagnostic|
Techniques // QUIZ
|Module Three: Types of Breast Cancer/Types of Oncology|
Surgeries/Radiation/Chemotherapy/Hormone Therapy // QUIZ
|Module Four: Breast Reconstruction/ Axillary Web Syndrome/Lymphatic System/|
Lymphedema/Cancer-Related Fatigue // QUIZ
Modules 5 through 8 demonstrate and explain the exercise protocol.
|Module Five: Phase One of 6-Week Therapeutic Exercise Protocol |
Focus on scapula stabilization, chest expansion, and shoulder mobility.
|Module Six: Phase Two of 6-Week Therapeutic Exercise Protocol |
Focus on long-lever, shoulder range of motion, trunk rotation, lateral flexion, core stability and scapular stabilization.
|Module Seven: Phase Three of 6-Week Therapeutic Exercise Protocol|
Focus on full body integrated movements, including scapula, core and lower body.
|Module Eight: Phase Four - Add on Exercises using Resistance Band to strengthen muscles of back, shoulders, arms and chest. ||6:30|
Modules 9 through 12 explain, demonstrate and apply therapeutic exercises to specific reconstruction surgeries.
|Module Nine: Case Study 1 - Transitional Exercises for Implant|
|Module Ten: Case Study 2 - Transitional Exercises for TRAM Flap|
|Module Eleven: Case Study 3 - Transitional Exercises for DIEP Flap|
|Module Twelve: Case Study 4 - Transitional Exercises for LAT Flap|
Modules 13 and 14 discuss the importance of Fascia stretch for improved healing and increased mobility and Rebounding exercise as it relates to lymphatic flow.
|Module Thirteen: Case Study 5 - Rebounding for Health & Lymphatic Flow||7:27|
|Module Fourteen: Case Study 6 - The Importance of Fascia||17:03|
|Module Fifteen: Marketing/Networking ||8:30|
|Module Sixteen: References ||:45|
Two-Day, In-Person Course Schedule
Day 1: Lecture
|Introduction, Overview of Course Goals |
|Breast Anatomy & Musculature||30 min.|
|Types of Breast Cancer and Staging||30 min.|
|Sentinel Node Biopsy||15 min.|
|Adjuvant treatments: Chemotherapy, Radiation|
Therapy, Hormone Therapy & Common
|Lunch Break||60 min.|
|Breast Reconstructive Surgeries, Implications|
|Lymphedema, Treatment and Implications for Exercise||30 min.|
|Patient Assessments: Health History, QOL Survey||30 min.|
|Latest Research Findings||30 min.|
Day 2: Lab
|Exercise Therapy Protocol |
Phase One: Focus on Scapula
Stabilization and Shoulder Mobility
|Phase Two: Focus on Long Lever |
Shoulder Range of Motion, Core Stability and
|Phase Three: Focus on Full Body Movements|
Including Scapula, Core and Lower Body
|Progression of Exercises to Include |
Utilizing Props: Stability
Balls, Bands and Foam Roller
|Case Studies||45 min.|
|Marketing & Promotion||20 min.|