DPT-800: Motor Learning & Control II

Credits 2.0
Academic Level

This course is the second of two courses that explores conceptual and practical issues in motor control and motor learning and builds upon the theoretical foundation for the practice of evidence-based physical therapy developed in DPT 799 Motor Learning and Control I. This course will begin with an in-depth study of human development from the life span perspective, with an emphasis on development of human movement, postural control and their interrelationship to skill acquisition. Normal pediatric development milestones and phases of motor development will be the focus of the first half of this course. The second half of this course will have a strong emphasis on normal adult movement including task analysis using reinforcement of skills introduced in DPT 799: Motor Learning and Control I, gait analysis reinforcement from the skills developed in DPT 771: Patient Care Management Skills II, running mechanics, and alternative interventions to maintain normal postural mobility and stability. This course will provide the student with a foundation for examining, evaluating, and providing treatment interventions for individuals with musculoskeletal movement dysfunctions, primary and secondary impairments caused by neurological pathology and inclusive of patients with multi-system disorders. Emphasis is placed on understanding normal and impaired movement through discussion, hands on skill development and experiential learning opportunities focusing on motor control, motor learning, and neuroplasticity. Environmental demands, task demands, individual demands, discussed in previous motor control course DPT 799: Motor Leaning and Control I, will be analyzed from the perspectives of motor control, information processing, and motor learning. Potential functional constraints to the motor control and postural control systems will be explored using a systems model within the context of the ICF (International Class of Functioning, Disability and Health) model of enablement and the task oriented conceptual framework for intervention. These models will also be used as frameworks for evaluating movement dysfunction and for developing intervention plans.