View Full Version : Serial Casting, Taping, Orthoses Course

Beverly Cusick
07-05-2001, 07:40 AM
This is the last course by Beverly Cusick that will be offered in the US in

August 5-11, 2001: Developmental / Closed-Chain Biomechanics with Taping
and BK Cast Fabrication Lab (see the schedule

Enrollment is limited to 24 participants, including physical therapists,
orthotists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, orthopedists,
podiatrists, orthotics technicians accompanied by a supervising othotist.
Seats are still available.

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Sponsor: Therapy Services Department
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Washington University School of Medicine
Program in Physical Therapy
4444 Forest Park Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Contact: Susan Hibbits, PT, or Joan Puglisi, PT, PCS, Coordinator
Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity, Ste. 4S20
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-454-2813 or 800-416-9956
E-mail: Puglisi@nsurg.wustl.edu
Web site: http://www.cerebralpalsy.wustl.edu


Sunday, August 5 - SEMINAR and LAB
8:00 Registration and Pretest
8:45 Introduction
9:00 Developmental Biomechanics - The Shaping of the Lower Extremities
through Normal
and Compensatory Movement
10:15 Break and Library Time
10:45 Resume Developmental Biomechanics
12:30 Lunch and Library Time
1:30 Review of Principles and Assessment Procedures for the Pelvis, Hip
and Femur
2:30 Short break
2:45 Resume review of assessments.
3:30 Set up for lab - assign children, groups, tools.
3:45 LAB: Assessment procedures for the pelvis, hip and femur
5:30 Record findings on overheads / Clean up, restore seminar layout.
6:00 Adjourn


8:00 Review assessment procedures for the knee and leg
10:15 Break and set up for lab
10:30 LAB: Assessment procedures for the knee and leg.
12:15 Record findings on overheads / clean up / restore seminar layout
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Review findings from last 2 labs
2:00 Structural Anatomy of the Ankle and Foot; Biomechanics of the Lower
Extremity in the
Closed Chain
3:00 Break and library time
3:30 Foot and ankle biomechanics, continued
4:30 Closed-kinematic-chain lab.
5:15 Adjourn - Library is open as needed. Please notify _________if you
intend to stay.

Tuesday DAY THREE - SEMINAR and LAB - Bring shorts and pillow today.
8:00 Review of assessment procedures for the ankle and foot
9:30 Break and library time
10:00 LAB: Assessments of the ankle and foot
12:00 Lunch and Library Time
1:00 Review of closed-chain assessments of the leg and foot
1:30 LAB: Closed-chain assessments
2:45 Break
3:00 Foot function in gait - ideal kinematics and principles.
3:15 Closed-chain compensations for structural foot deformities /
Posting Principles
4:45 Discussion/Questions

Wednesday DAY FOUR - Independent Study
8:30 Name That Foot Deformity!
10:00 Break and library time
10:30 Hypoextensibility Management: Serial Casting and Alternative
Targeting as a movement training strategy using casts
12:00 Adjourn and enjoy the library until 5:00PM. Instructor is on duty
from 1:00-3:00 PM to
review assessment procedures, discuss and explain concepts, help with
finding pertinent references and with selecting and discussing videotaped
case studies from Instructor's library.
Thursday DAY FIVE - Seminar and Lab
8:15 Review of Kinetics in Gait
9:00 Kinetics-related selection of orthotic designs and related
rehabilitation strategies
9:45 Break
10:15 Resume lecture
12:00 Lunch and library time
1:00 Taping as a support for neuromuscular re-education
Principles and precautions
Materials and properties
2:15 Short break
2:30 Review of taping interventions and ideas
3:15 Break and set up for lab
3:45 LAB: Full LE assessment on nondisabled children
5:45 Record findings
6:00 Adjourn


8:00 Review findings from yesterday's lab
9:00 Resume review of taping applications
9:30 LAB: Introduction to taping techniques (graze at will)
11:45 Clean up and prepare for case presentation
12:00 Lunch and library time
12:45 Set up for case presentation
1:00 Case presentation Assessments by us all, taking turns
3:00 Short Break (Child and family take a break until 4:15, and return.)
3:15 Review Musculoskeletal findings and apply to management strategies
4:15 Try out a few of the management suggestions if possible.
5:30 Clean up/ adjourn.


Teams of 3 in the morning. Teams of 2 for Flexcast and footboards in the

8:00 Foot grip / rehearsal lab
9:00 Review of casting materials
9:30 Cast Application demonstration - plaster base and Soft Cast boot
10:30 Begin Cast Fabrication
12:00 Lunch (on premises)
12:30 Footboard fabrication Demonstration (optional)
1:00 Flexcast Fabrication Demonstration
1:45 The rest of the day is yours to try one or more of these
techniques, while supplies and
time lasts.
5:00 Clean up

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