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DiSepio Symposium

  • The DiSepio Symposium Series (1-day event) is an ongoing series of seminars dedicated to current trends in research, innovative therapeutic strategies, and cutting-edge programming in the areas of health and wellness. This year’s event offers education and continuing education credits to physical therapists and PTAs who are seeking continuing education content required for licensure by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy.

    2017 Conference Overview:

    Functional Mechanics: A Return to the Intricacies of Movement and How Rehabilitation is Affected

    Healthcare practitioners typically receive instruction on mechanics of the musculoskeletal system throughout their education.  However, once in clinical practice, many of those foundational concepts are disregarded.  In addition, research is constantly identifying new knowledge which affects our effectiveness of evaluation and treatment.  This course will review some biomechanical concepts, introduce new ones, and apply them specifically to the movement system.  Common evaluative techniques and therapeutic interventions will be discussed and analyzed. 

    2017 DiSepio Symposium Series Brochure

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    Registration options now available for full ($125) or half day ($50):

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    To register for half day, please download the brochure and send your check to:  

    DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness
    108 Franciscan Way
    Loretto, PA 15940  

    DiSepio Symposium Series Agenda

  • Session/Speaker Information

    Dr. Kindel graduated from Saint Francis University in 2001. Since that time, he has worked for a regional outpatient therapy provider where he had a facility
    director position for over three years. He has taught Movement Science as an
    adjunct at Saint Francis   University since 2002. Dr. Kindel became a full-time faculty member in 2007. He married a fellow Saint Francis University PT graduate and has two daughters. Dr. Kindel has attained his Ph.D. in Biomechanics at Penn State University and maintains a part-time clinical practice in orthopedic physical therapy.

      Session Abstract:

      Functional Mechanics: A Return to the Intricacies of Movement and How Rehabilitation is Affected

      Healthcare practitioners typically receive instruction on mechanics of the musculoskeletal system throughout their education.  However, once in clinical practice, many of those foundational concepts are disregarded.  In addition, research is constantly identifying new knowledge which affects our effectiveness of evaluation and treatment.  This course will review some biomechanical concepts, introduce new ones, and apply them specifically to the movement system.  Common evaluative techniques and therapeutic interventions will be discussed and analyzed.

      Course Objectives:

      1. Identify characteristics of the musculoskeletal system and how they relate to movement or restoration of movement
      2. Explain mechanics of the extremities and spine and how they relate to function
      3. Apply biomechanical principles to common diagnoses and pathologies of the joints of the extremities and spine
      4. Discuss the typical compensations individuals make when pathologies interfere with normal motion or function
      5. Evaluate examination and rehabilitation techniques of the joints of the extremities and spine based upon biomechanical principles and concepts
      6. Evaluate therapeutic exercises based on length-tension relationship and joint mechanics for the extremities and spine
      CE Credits/Hours

      Physical Therapists and PTAs

      This course has been recognized by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for continuing education requirements. Saint Francis University has pre-approved provider status with the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. This course is approved for a maximum of 6.5 hours of continuing education credit, depending on the number of sessions attended. This continuing education opportunity is available for all physical therapists and PTAs who hold a Pennsylvania license.
      (Day 1 = 6.5 hours)
      Contact Information

      Contact Us

      DiSepio Institute
      for Rural Health and Wellness
      108 Franciscan Way
      Loretto, PA 15940
      Email: hwi@francis.edu
      Phone: 814-472-3923
      Fax: 814-471-1311