Physical Therapy Workshop August 19

USC Emeriti Center Wellness Event – Physical Therapy Workshop

On August 19th, USC Physical Therapy Faculty and clinical doctorate students offered another installment in a series of short concurrent workshops (including individual physical screenings) on Balance, Strength, Flexibility, Posture, and Cardiovascular Health to help keep fit and healthy.

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USC Health Sciences Campus

CHP Center for Health Professions Building, Room 224

1540 Alcazar St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Physical Therapy Workshop Flyer (With Directions)

USC PT Faculty and Students

USC Faculty Presenters:

Kimiko Yamada, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CLT, CSCS
Geoffrey Cariker, PT, DPT, GCS
Janelle Gilmer, PT, DPT, GCS
Noriko Yamaguchi, PT, DPT, GCS, CSCS



INTRODUCTION (20 minutes)
What does it mean to be “healthy” and is “healthy aging” possible?
How can a physical therapist help you age with optimal health and function?

BREAKOUT SESSIONS (30 minutes each) Participants rotated through all 4 sessions.  PT faculty will provide take-home resources and answer questions.

Cardiovascular Exercise
In this session participants learned about the normal changes that occur in the cardiovascular system with aging. They performed the “Step in Place Test” to assess functional cardiovascular fitness. After the test, they interpreted test results, reviewed the American Heart Association recommendations for cardiovascular exercise in older adults and discussed strategies to create a sustainable cardiovascular fitness program.2016-08-19 08.58.40

Balance Training & Falls Risk Reduction

In this session participants learned about the multiple body systems required for balance and the changes that occur in these systems with aging. They performed 2-3 tests for static and dynamic balance to assess their current balance performance and concluded the session with a review of the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations for balance training in older adults and a discussed strategies to help create a safe and fun balance training program that reduces falls risk.

Muscle Strengthening and Flexibility Training
In this session participants learned about the normal changes that occur in the neuromusculoskeletal system with aging. They performed the “Chair Stand Test” to assess lower body functional strength and the “Chair Sit and Reach” to test lower body flexibility. The session concluded with a review of the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for resistance training in older adults and a discussion on how to incorporate muscle conditioning and flexibility training into your fitness routine.

Posture and Body Mechanics
In this session participants learned about appropriate postural alignment in sitting and standing. They performed a posture assessment and reviewed some basic exercises to help with postural alignment, awareness, and endurance. They discussed body mechanics with common daily tasks such as lifting from the floor, carrying, pushing, pulling, lowering to the floor, and getting up from the ground and concluded the 2016-08-19 11.25.34session by providing exercise ideas to help optimize body mechanics.






PT Faculty also offered additional programs for participation:

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Parking was available in Biggy Parking Structure (P8), 1334 Biggy Street, Los Angeles, CA  90033 – courtesy of USC for retirees with a Gold Cards; all other $10.

For more information, please call: 213-740-8921