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Motor Control Course

Brooks Institute of Higher Learning

Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Motor Control Course

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Brooks Employees Ended $100.00 $3.49
Non-Brooks Participants Ended $175.00 $5.37

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Motor Control and Motor Learning

Saturday, August 13th, 2011


Course Description:

This course presents information for the practicing clinician to understand the concepts of motor behavior, its evolution as a field of study and methodology for studying motor performance.  The course provides motor control theory as it pertains to both the sensory contributions to motor control and the central nervous system contributions to motor control.  Principles of motor learning will also be explored.  The effect of the individual, the task and the environment on motor learning will be examined as a framework to apply motor learning principles to those with selected orthopedic and neurologic impairments in various patient populations. 

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course the resident will be able to:

·         Define motor control and discuss the relevance to the clinical treatment of patients with movement pathology.

·         Define what is meant by the theories of motor control and motor learning, and describe the value of theory to clinical practice.

·         Define the requirements for learning.

·         Discuss how factors related to the individual, the task, and the environment affect the organization, learning, and control of movement.

·         Discuss the difference between parallel and hierarchical processing in motor control and give examples of each.

·         Describe the anatomical connections and functional contributions to movement control for each of the major components of the brain.

·         Define plasticity and discuss its relationship to recovery of function.

·         Discuss age-related changes in motor learning  without neurological deficit and apply strategies to intervention based on these characteristics.

·         Apply the principles of motor control and motor learning to the intervention of select orthopaedic conditions.

·         Determine how the learning capabilities of an individual with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or subcortical CVA affects intervention.



8:00- 9:00             Introduction to Motor Control

9:00- 9:50            Anatomical Basis for Motor Control Theory

9:50 – 10:05        BREAK

10:05- 11:00        Theory of Motor Control and Integration into Clinical Practice

11:00- 12:00        Various Processing Methods in Motor Control

12:00 – 1:00         Lunch

1:00 – 2:00           Introduction to Motor Learning -- Framework

2:00 – 2:50           Anatomical and physiologic changes due to age and neuroplasticity 

2:50 – 3:05          BREAK

3:05 – 3:50          Motor Learning Concepts Defined

3:50 – 4:45          Motor Learning in Concepts Applied to Intervention

4:45 – 5:00          Questions and Answers /Course Evaluation

About the Instructors:                              

Pam Spigel, PT, MHA, NCS

Mrs. Spigel has 24 years of clinical experience as a Physical Therapist. She received her Bachelors of Science-Physical Therapy in 1986 from Florida International University, Miami, Florida. In 1996 she received her Masters in Health Administration from Chapman University, Orange County, California. Mrs. Spigel has a wealth of experience in many practice settings and feels the most passionate about working with patients during their acute rehabilitation stage. Her early experience with patients recovering from spinal cord injuries began her interest and focus on the rehabilitation of the neurological patient. She received her APTA Board Certification in Neurology in 2008. Mrs. Spigel has experience in clinical research as a clinical assessor and as an intervention therapist in several research projects including LEAPS, an NIH funded randomized clinical trial.

Mrs. Spigel was hired to develop and coordinate the Brooks Neurologic PT Residency in 2007. Her experience in rehabilitation management, program development and implementation along with her clinical interest in the neurologic patient was the necessary components to developing this successfully APTA credentialed program.


Jackie Osborne PT, DPT, GCS

Dr. Osborne has over 7 years of clinical experience as a Physical Therapist.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2000 in Business Administration and Operations Management from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2003 from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania.  She achieved Board Certification in Geriatrics in 2007 and has over 4 years experience teaching in an entry-level physical therapy doctorate program as an Assistant Professor.  She has published manuscripts on the various topics ranging from utilizing motor learning concepts in the intervention of those with Parkinson’s disease to the barriers to access to physical therapy in rural America. She has lectured to medial and allied health professionals as well as to individuals with movement disorders and their caregivers.  Clinically, she has experience treating the aged population; specifically those with movement disorders.

Dr. Osborne joined Brooks Rehabilitation as the coordinator of the multidisciplinary Geriatric Residency Program in April, 2009.


Who Should Attend:

  • PTs
  • PTAs
  • OTs
  • COTAs
  • SLPs
  • Nursing

Class Time:

8:00AM to 5:00 PM

Registration Fee:

$100.00 for Brooks Employees

$175.00 for non-Brooks Employees


Have questions about Motor Control Course? Contact Brooks Institute of Higher Learning

When & Where

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
3599 University Blvd. South
Assembly Room 1
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Brooks Post-professional Education Programs


Brooks Rehabilitation is a leader in post-professional clinical education for healthcare practitioners focused in the area of rehabilitation. This is demonstrated by its active involvement in providing residency and fellowship level training as well as through providing world class continuing education courses for all clinicians in the field of rehabilitation practice. Currently Brooks has four post-professional education programs including a multidisciplinary Geriatric Residency (includes residents from OT, Nursing, SLP, and PT), a PT Neurologic Residency, a PT Orthopaedic Residency, and an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.  Brooks Rehabilitation offers over 25 post-professional continuing courses each year that includes a wide variety of course offerings for multiple disciplines and a variety of specialty practice areas.  The speakers include both nationally renowned experts from around the country as well as nationally recognized clinical experts that currently practice within Brooks.  

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