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Multiple Sclerosis and Physical Activity

Course #: 03-772

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Price: $45.00

Please Note: This course has varying hours depending on the state in which you're licensed. See Below.

  • Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy: 2.00 Hours
  • New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners : 2.00 Hours
  • All Other Organizations: 5.00 Hours
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Course Description

CEU Course Description 

Exercise is safe for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and is necessary to combat the secondary deconditioning resulting from MS-related weakness and fatigue. There are five sections of this course, each with a different aim. The first section looks at the self-efficacy, physical activity, and quality of life in people with MS in a questionnaire-based study with 109 participants. This study primarily looks at patients with relapsing remitting MS, but a small percentage with primary or secondary progressive MS as well. The second section describes the importance of physical fitness in those with MS, and the association of physical inactivity with physiological deconditioning and the consequences of worsening of symptoms over time, as well as brain structure and function outcomes associated with fitness level. The third section defines exercise recommendations for patients with MS with an emphasis on therapeutic exercise and task specific strength training. The fourth section looks at a research article with nine subjects and the health and function improvements seen after participation in a community-based exercise program over the course of six months. The fifth and final section regards a longitudinal study with patients with relapsing-remitting MS investigating the different benefits associated with Pilates, stretching, and the use of resistance band training with twenty- two subjects over sixteen weeks of training. The reading materials for this course include articles from the Journal of Neurology and Neurophysiology, Novel Physiotherapies, Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Research, and the International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Discuss which activities should be performed to prevent an exacerbation of symptoms due to an increase in core temperature.
  2. Explain what the top barrier to exercise is for those with MS.
  3. Investigate the number of sessions of aerobic activity adults with MS should participate in each week to improve aerobic capacity.
  4. Compare and contrast the role and loss of type I vs. type II muscle fibers in those with MS.
  5. Identify which muscles resistance training should focus on due to being positively correlated with gait characteristics.
  6. Describe the type of exercise suggested for MS individuals affected by thermo-sensitivity.

 CEU Course Syllabus

  Self Efficacy and Quality of Life  

  0.76 Contact Hours  

  Importance of Physical Fitness    0.96 Contact Hours 
  Exercise Recommendations    0.96 Contact Hours 
  Community-Based Exercise    1.36 Contact Hours 
  Exercise Mode Comparison    0.96 Contact Hours 

Total = 5 Contact Hours

Instructional level:  Intermediate

Please note: Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.

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