Range of Motion Practicum Student Syllabus

Range of Motion Model of Health:

  1. Understand and be able to explain the Range of Motion Model of Health, and apply it to both athletes and patients with chronic conditions and musculo-skeletal disorders
  2. Understand that all individuals fit on a continuum of sickness, wellness and fitness in all components of health, and that we do not segregate them into ‘rehab’, ‘older’, ‘healthy’ etc.

Range of Motion’s Exercise Philosophy:

  1. Understand and be able to explain Range of Motion’s philosophy on exercise as it extends to ‘general physical preparedness’, ‘intensity’, ‘real movements’ and ‘variation’.

Range of Motion’s Official Position on Nutrition:

  1. Understand and be able to explain Range of Motion’s official position on nutrition, including the evolutionary biology behind our recommendations.

Physical Competency:

  1. Be able to perform the squat, deadlift, clean and press with basic competency.
  2. Be able to perform a session at a high intensity.

Teaching of Complex Movement:

  1. Be able to teach the four fundamental movements, the squat, deadlift, clean and press.
  2. Be able to correct the basic faults of the Olympic and power lifts and gymnastic movements.
  3. Be able to identify all 48 exercises commonly used for healthy clients within Range of Motion.

Pre- and Post- Exercise Routines:

  1. Be able to instruct a client through all the exercises in the Range of Motion pre- and post- exercise routines.
  2. Be able to justify the inclusion for each exercise in the Range of Motion pre- and post- exercise routines.

Movement assessment and imbalance correction:

  1. Be able to assess the squat, deadlift and press for movement dysfunction.
  2. Be able to identify the musculo-skeletal imbalances responsible for movement dysfunction in the squat, deadlift and press.
  3. Be able to prescribe exercises to correct movement dysfunction as identified in the squat, deadlift and press.

Musculo-skeletal Rehabilitation:

  1. Be able to scale a pre-determined exercise session for any individual.
  2. Be able to educate clients on the major reasons for pain/dysfunction in the knee, hip, lower back, upper back, shoulder and neck.
  3. Be able to prescribe home based rehabilitation exercises for the most common causes of pain/dysfunction in the knee, hip, lower back, upper back, shoulder and neck.
  4. Have a thorough knowledge of the library of rehabilitation based exercises prescribed at Range of Motion
  5. Have a thorough understanding of deep tissue self-mobilisation as it occurs through the use of trigger point balls and foam rollers.
  6. Have a thorough understanding of partner assisted PNF stretching techniques, and the ability to perform them on a client.

Chronic Conditions:

  1. Have an understanding of the most common chronic conditions, their response to exercise, and the science behind Range of Motion’s exercise prescription for these conditions. 

Weight Loss:

  1. Understand and be able to explain to a client Range of Motion’s seven weight loss guidelines for exercise.

Continued Education:

  1. Show an eagerness to further develop knowledge base through regular reading of new Range of Motion Blog posts and regular browsing of the Range of Motion Blog back catalogue.

Exercise Programming:

  1. Be able to classify exercises into weightlifting, gymnastic or monostructural.
  2. Be able to classify exercises based on their movement type/combination of movement types.
  3. Understand the various session types and the reasoning for each.
  4. Be able to construct multiple balanced sessions for all of the session types.
  5. Be able to create a balanced long-term exercise program by balancing the relative importance of the various session types and the frequency of occurrence of each exercise.