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Course Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe a structured approach to the analysis of activity limitations in reach, grasp and manipulation tasks after stroke
  • Outline the evidence base for rehabilitation of the affected arm after stroke
  • Describe evidence-based training strategies to increase strength in very weak arm muscles and for intensive task training for the affected arm after stroke
  • Describe evidence-based strategies to prevent and treat secondary impairments of the affected arm after stroke

At the completion of Week 1, the participant should be able to:

  • Define biomechanics, kinematics and kinetics
  • Identify the major muscle groups of the arm and the role of each key muscle
  • Name the ICF levels and apply these concepts to movement analysis
  • Describe the contribution of impairments to activity limitations after stroke
  • Outline a structured clinical reasoning approach to the analysis of movement problems of the arm after stroke

At the completion of Week 2, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the normal biomechanics of reach (transport and pre-shaping), grasp and manipulation
  • Apply a structured process to the analysis of movement problems of the arm after stroke including the following steps;
    • identify the kinematic deviations (compensations and missing essential components)
    • hypothesise about the potential impairments
    • propose testing strategies to determine the causes of the kinematic deviations

At the completion of Week 3, the participant should be able to:

  • Outline the appraisal of and interpretation of results from systematic reviews
  • Outline the evidence for interventions to improve strength and activity of the affected arm after stroke
  • Describe strategies to increase strength in very weak muscles of the affected arm after stroke
  • Describe task specific training strategies to improve hand co-ordination
  • Outline the evidence for interventions to prevent or manage secondary impairments of the affected arm after stroke

At the completion of Week 4, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe evidence-based coaching principles including effective instructions, feedback and environment structure to optimise motor learning
  • Describe strategies to increase intensity and amounts of practice after stroke

Course Content

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Introduction to the StrokeEd Upper Limb MOOC
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