SOP: Strategies for Optimizing Performance

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SOP: Strategies for Optimizing Performance
A CoreFirst®  approach to maximizing athletic potential

Prerequisites: CFS or BET

Required Equipment:
All participants should bring: Resistance Band (we recommend medium resistance CLX Therabands) to use during the course. 

Required Course Preparation
Self review of CFS course manual.


The main purpose of this course is to utilize concepts taught in CoreFirst® Strategies and PNF principles taught in several other IPA courses to enhance the stability and therefore the physical performance of our highest functioning patients.

In this class, the clinician will build on the concepts learned in CoreFirst® Strategies to further enhance their observational and manual facilitation skills to better evaluate and treat higher functioning patient populations.  The trained clinician can develop an eye to observe specific details of movement for quality, timing, sequencing, stability, and control that is often missed in other less clinical and less hands-on approaches.  The goal with all functional training is to maximize efficiency of movements to improve physical performance and to decrease compensations and aberrant movement patterns that can lead to injury.

By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

~Explain how Automatic Core Engagement can be used to assess physical performance capabilities

 ~Discuss the Saliba Postural Classification System (SPCS) and how these variations can impact physical performance.  

 ~Expand on concepts taught in CFS to bring these to more dynamic movements through Dynamic Functional Tests.

 ~Explain how the principles of body mechanics presented in CFS can be applied to various sports specific positions and activities. 

 ~Demonstrate how Functional Tests can be used in multiple positions to highlight the importance of Automatic Core Engagement with higher level dynamic positions.

 ~Assess key developmental positions (supine and prone progressions) including an emphasis on trunk alignment and neuromuscular control in each position.

 ~Utilize PNF in developmental positions to enhance optimum function using principles of positioning, manual contacts, resistance, and irradiation to enhance facilitation for improved stability and physical performance.

 ~Identify key exercises commonly used in the performance and strength environment and discuss common dysfunctions based on the integration of the thoracic and pelvic girdle.

Instructor Note

The instructors advertised for the course are the intended instructors.  The final number of instructors will be determined by course enrollment.  Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructors.  Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructors.  Please note there may be instructor changes without prior notice.

Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course.  However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment

2 Days, 15 Contact Hours

Before registering for a course you should verify approved CEUs with your state licensing board or association. State rules are subject to change. IPA courses are approved for PTs for the state in which the course is held.  OTs and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval will be accepted.

Break food will not be provided during the course.  Lunch for both days will be on your own. We suggest you bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own snacks.

Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

Each attendee is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a Certificate of Completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the IPA Directors.

Lab Clothing
Each participant's body must be accessible for observation and treatment. Sports bra or halter-top and shorts are appropriate for women. Shorts or swim trunks for men. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. A sweat suit is advisable between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.


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