This is FASTER’s first official course back in the rehabilitation field since 2012. It represents a number of professionals now working through the FASTER FTE and finding it invaluable for planning and building progression and a positive experience for their clients. Using the FASTER movement principles (based on scientific evidence, and not ‘discovered’ or happened upon, like some courses) this foundation shares how we take from many industries to deliver with the Biopsychosocial approach to rehabilitation at the centre of everything we do.
This course is made up of 12 weeks of online training, each week a new pre-recorded and written topic is released into our online learning portal, provided by www.hivelearning.com, and then that week we have an additional live Zoom call to help clarify and expand on the material. Additionally, each week comes with a task.
As with all FASTER courses, you get access to the course for the duration of the course existing, so you can come back to this course, again and again, allowing you to meet new therapists and expand your network of like-minded therapists.
Live in person versions of this course can be delivered, contact John@fasterglobal.com and I will help you find a 1-1 mentor or we can arrange for your facility to go through this course live (which would take 4 days of 8 hours each day).
The following are the modules –
Module 1 – FASTER Process – How we find and filter research, building back from experience, the what and how they want it principle, how to identify and change emotion, skill development and performance development, building specific assessments and how we utilise biomechanics.
Module 2 – Biomechanics – This is the section where we share the HMAC eyes. It is the ability to start to predict movement across bones, joints and muscles in all different kinds of movement. Taking the idea of a reaction from a movement from one or two bones and watching the predicted ripple through the body. Then it is a case of deconstructing this and showing why that will probably never happen.
Module 3 – Brain and the Nervous System – We consider this the bedrock of the course, as the human body and its mechanical nature break down because we have a brain that responds to the nervous system. This section looks at sensations, interpretation of sensation and finally how this produces an emotional response. The effect of mood will then be played into this to help set up the rest of the course.
Module 4 – Injury – This module re-caps injury, defining them and then showing how to find a body of evidence to support a treatment. Also, this is a section where we discuss recovery times and treatments to highlight how sham therapies make it into our world.
Module 5 – Pain – Misunderstood by so many, in so many ways. In the biomedical model, it is about correcting the structure, in the Biopsychosocial model it is about the emotion related to sensation. The result is that we have a lot of techniques and little understanding of possibly the most asked about aspects of our work. During this module, we will look at the research, different kinds of pain and start to work on how to deliver solutions to our clients.
Module 6 – Prediction and Prevention of Injury – Focussed on the injuries that are non-impact and often acute, this module is about finding ways of predicting and preventing clients from falling into pain. It is in this module we will use the best science for our answers and possibly rule out some well thought of techniques that are used because of convention rather than evidence.
Module 7 – Skill Development – Skill is the descriptive term for having the sequencing of muscles to ensure that a client can perform a task. This sequence can be lost due to pain or injury and although that is useful initially as a way of protecting a client, these new movement sequences may in the end cause more issues. In this module, we assess techniques for improving and discovering skill (sometimes required if an injury causes a permanent change to a joint, bone or muscle).
Module 8 – Performance Training – In this course, Performance, really means accurate utilisation of skill in the environments that the client will need to perform. This could be as small a task (for the abled body), as sitting in a chair, or as difficult a task as perfecting the golf swing. Performance Training and techniques to improve it become extremely important when it someone is recovering from an injury due to the fact that they have to find ways of completing tasks while suffering pain or weakness.
Module 9 – Exercise Creation – Whatever you currently do with clients regarding exercise selection, this module will open the door to creating an almost unlimited amount of alternative exercises, progressions and regressions. We use a system called the exercise generator, which taps into a system of being accurate yet creative with exercise design. In this module, we also explore how to evaluate and use any training tool available on the market.
Module 10 – Communication – To steal a term from legendary improviser, Dave Razowsky, this is about tissue level listening. Meaning that in communication, you have the ability to change emotion with a client, and so the accuracy of your delivery has to be on the mark. Here we look at different points of view that will allow you to deliver a consistent message through your marketing, and in person delivery. This is the first stage of building an experience-based programme and also the most powerful of the modules in our experience training Therapists so far.
Module 11 – Assessment – With the information you have at this point, the need for a client and clinic/therapist specific assessment will be vital. In this module, we show how to build a scientifically and client-focused assessment for all clients that require one. Working from interview to a biomechanical assessment.
Module 12 – Experiential Exercise Design – Brining everything in the course together, this is about the way a set of exercises are laid out in order to create a story like experience. In this system, it is possible to build a change in emotion within the client, which as we will have discovered, everything to a client in pain.