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AM Pre-Conference Sessions (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)


Introduction to Cancer Exercise
with Andrea Leonard

Foot to Core Sequencing | An Integrated Approach to Dynamic Stability
with Emily Splichal


Andrea Leonard
Emily Splichal

The Introduction to Cancer Exercise reviews the basics on conducting assessments, designing, and implementing exercise programs for individuals diagnosed with cancer. Individuals will gain an understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, prevention of lymphedema, and contraindications.

As the only contact point between the body and the ground the foot plays a critical role in all upright movement. Join Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist Dr Emily as she explores just how integrated the foot is with proximal stability, efficient movement and force generation. In this 4 hour workshop you will learn the neuromuscular, biomechanical and fascial interconnections between the foot and core. Experience assessment skills, activation techniques and exercise progressions that will change the way you look at movement - from the ground up!

PM Pre-Conference Sessions (1:30 pm - 5:30 pm)


The Integrative Movement System Approach to Training Older Clients with Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacements

Brain Health Program Design
with Ryan Glatt


Evan Osar
Ryan Glatt

If you work with older adults, you likely work with individuals experiencing mobility, balance, and gait issues related to chronic tightness and degenerative joint changes in the hips and knees. Despite the focused attention on addressing these issues, hip and knee problems continue to plague our older clients and dramatically impact their quality of life. Additionally, we’ve seen an alarming increase in chronic issues including impingement issues, labral tears, and joint replacements in the younger populations. This session will explain the 3-step Degenerative Joint Process that leads to and perpetuates hip and knee problems. You will then discover the 3 most important assessments and corrective exercises as well as the most appropriate functional exercise progressions for developing and maintaining mobility and stability. You will leave this workshop with the tools and more importantly, the strategy for helping your older clients improve hip and knee stability, strength, balance, and function.

Health and fitness professionals have the opportunity to join allied health professionals in addressing the major epidemic of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Although exercise has been proven to beneficial to brain health and cognitive functioning, the precise exercise prescriptions are not clear to the general public or the industries of health and fitness. This has led to further confusion, and leaves clients, patients and caregivers wondering if they are doing all that is possible to stave off cognitive decline. This pre-con will review the research on how certain modalities of exercise can deferentially effect the brain, and provide an initial framework for the assessment and programming of cognitive health within exercise programs.


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