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A Belly ’n’ a Butt: Pediatric Core Strengthening

presented by Liesa M. Ritchie, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

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Do you see children with strength deficits that have a negative effect on their functional ability? It may result from a specific diagnosis, or be a secondary contributing factor that is further complicating their physical performance. This course discusses that relationship and presents ways to strengthen specific muscle groups. Participants will learn how to perform concentric & eccentric strengthening for different ages, as well as options for children with poor balance & who are able unable to stand independently. A child may also have underlying core weakness in conjunction with development delay, impaired balance &/or poor coordination. Unfortunately, there is a strong correlation between strength and function.

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Liesa M. Ritchie, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

Liesa M. Ritchie (formerly Persaud), PT, DPT, PCS, is a licensed physical therapist with over 33 years experience in the field of pediatric therapy. Liesa is the owner of Know To Change, an organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of clinicians in pediatric practice. Both nationally and internationally, she has educated healthcare professionals…

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1. The Correlation Between Strength & Function

In this chapter, the strength/function relationship and the role of core weakness in development delay is addressed in order for participants to develop a greater awareness of the negative effect of central instability on balance. Increased knowledge of the contribution of dysfunctional abdominals & gluteals on coordination also helps to increase understanding of the significance of muscular co-contraction & timing of activation.

2. “Core” Activities

Chapter two applies concentric & eccentric principles to develop strategies for general strengthening. In addition, students learn techniques to improve balance activities, & methods in a non-standing position are utilized.

3. Special Age Considerations

In the final chapter of this course, useful strengthening movements that occur during the first year are studied, and strengthening methods for pre-schoolers are explained. Students identify strength games for elementary school ages, while also gaining insight into strength moves for the older child.

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