A theoretical model to describe exercise progressions and regressions for exercise rehabilitation

Samuel Blanchard, Phil Glasgow

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Abstract

This article aims to describe a new theoretical model to simplify and aid visualisation of the clinical reasoning process involved in progressing a single exercise. Exercise prescription is a core skill for physiotherapists but is an area that is lacking in theoretical models to assist clinicians when designing exercise programs to aid rehabilitation from injury. Historical models of periodization and motor learning theories lack any visual aids to assist clinicians. The concept of the proposed model is that new stimuli can be added or exchanged with other stimuli, either intrinsic or extrinsic to the participant, in order to gradually progress an exercise whilst remaining safe and effective. The proposed model maintains the core skills of physiotherapists by assisting clinical reasoning skills, exercise prescription and goal setting. It is not limited to any one pathology or rehabilitation setting and can adapted by any level of skilled clinician.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-135
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2014

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Keywords

  • Physiotherapy
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Exercise prescription
  • Exercise progression

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