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  • Serial Casting, Taping, Orthoses Course

    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
    Web site:


    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

    Monday DAY TWO SEMINAR and LAB

    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

    Friday DAY SIX - SEMINAR and LAB

    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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