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When: Wednesday, Jan. 29
6 to 8:30 PM
Where: Cleveland Clinic
3050 Science Park Drive, Building 3
Beachwood, OH  44122
Contact: Liz Marshall, PT

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Emerging evidence points to the need for more targeted choices in balance training programs, in the choice of modes such as reactive vs. proactive or static vs. dynamic; and in dosage, especially the need for greater intensity, and the difficulties in measuring or quantifying balance training intensity. In this course, we will present emerging evidence for the need for greater intensity of balance training programs in general, and ways in which researchers and clinicians have proposed to define intensity in this context. We will introduce a clinical tool for measuring and modulating balance training intensity and will demonstrate ways to implement it in various proactive and reactive modes of balance training. We will discuss several examples of clinical tools or modalities that can be implemented to more easily modulate balance training intensity, to deliver safe and more intense training to more frail individuals, and to encourage practice at higher intensity levels. Finally, we will use examples of clinical interventions from our balance training study among those with stroke to demonstrate use of the above tools and methodologies together to create appropriately high intensity training programs for individual clients.

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Debbie Espy, PT, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Cleveland State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Human Movement Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MSPT from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her BA in Biology from the College of Wooster.  She teaches in the areas of kinesiology and Adult Neurological Dysfunction and Neuro-Motor Interventions.  Her research interests are in the areas of motor learning, and postural control and falls.  Her current lines of research are in the use of video gaming and harness supports as therapeutic exercise and balance training modalities, in optimizing motor learning for therapeutic exercise, and in dosage considerations in balance training.  She has published on topics of fall biomechanics and fall resistance training, novel use of sensor technologies for motor learning and therapeutic exercise, and the use of video gaming as a therapeutic tool.

Ann Reinthal, PT, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Kent State, her PT degree from Northwestern University, and her BA in Psychobiology from Oberlin College. She practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings before taking a faculty position at Cleveland State University in 1997, where she is currently an Associate Professor.  Her research interests are in the areas of motor control and learning, especially as these relate to developing clinical methods to facilitate more effective and cost-efficient motor practice.  She is especially interested in integrating the use of lower cost technologies into rehabilitation for neurologically impaired populations, most notably multi-directional harness systems, community based harnessed mobility, and using various commercial video gaming technologies to improve upper extremity function as well as balance.


Event Details:

What: Increasing the Intensity of Balance Training: What, Why, and Especially How

Speakers: Debbie Espy, PT, Ph.D. and Ann Reinthal, PT, Ph.D.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Time: 6 to 8:30 PM (light refreshments will be served 6 to 6:30 PM)

Where: Cleveland Clinic | Administrative Campus Building C | 3050 Science Park Drive, Beachwood

CEUs: approved for 2 CEUs, # 20S0293

Cost: OPTA Professional Member - FREE | OPTA Student Member - FREE | Non-member professional - $30 | Non-member student - $5 

Questions? Contact Liz Marshall, PT at




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