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barefoot training specialist®
Education level: Intermediate Advanced
This 10 hour certificate program prepares you for Levels 2 and 3 of the EBFA Barefoot Training Specialist® Certificate Program. Whether a client's goal is corrective exercise, performance or weight management, barefoot and foot-specific training can create faster and greater results. Integrate barefoot training into small group and group fitness applications for creativity, challenge and injury prevention. Use corrective barefoot training for clients and patients with ACL injuries, low back pain, ankle instability, SI joint dysfunction, hip labral injuries and several other lower extremity difficulties. Explore how barefoot science can enhance the timing of muscle activation patterns and how this directly relates to the prevention of hip, knee and foot injuries.
Approved (accredited) Health/Fitness Certification or Licensure, or Higher Education Degree in related field. This course would be valuable to those in allied health and medical fields such as Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists and Chiropractors.
Health and Fitness professionals, Allied Heath and Medical professionals.
Athletic Trainers: EBFA foot and barefoot education programs are designed to present the latest research as it relates to restoring foot function, corrective exercises and athletic performance. With no established guidelines on barefoot training protocol, this is the only workshop that will fully prepare athletic trainers to better integrate barefoot training and foot fitness into their athlete's programming.
Personal Trainers: EBFA foot and barefoot education programs are designed to present the most effective programming for personal trainers. Whether a client's goal is corrective exercise, performance or weight management, barefoot and foot-specific training can create faster and greater results.
Movement Specialists: With the foot as the foundation to human movement, many movement dysfunctions treated by movement specialists integrate the foot. By understanding and implementing barefoot science and from the ground up corrective exercise techniques, movement specialists will be able to confidently address all movement dysfunctions.
Group Fitness Instructors: Looking to increase the challenge or creativity in a group exercise setting? By integrating barefoot training and foot-specific exercises, group fitness instructors are able to stand out among the competition while keeping their classes fun, fresh and effective.
Physical Therapists, Podiatrists & Chiropractors: Evidence supports corrective exercise techniques using barefoot training as a powerful aid for patients with ACL injuries, low back pain, ankle instability, SI joint dysfunction, hip labral injuries and several other lower extremity difficulties. Explore how barefoot science can enhance the timing of muscle activation patterns and how this directly relates to the prevention of hip, knee and foot injuries.
REquired courses included in certificate program
Course 1: The functional foot and ankle: Level 1 | 3 hours
This organized actions of the foot and ankle complex is often overlooked and misunderstood in the health-fitness industry. This adaptive lever plays a role in every upright action from human locomotion to squats and lunges. With the advancement of the fitness industry and expanding role of the fitness professional there is greater likelihood of encountering a client with foot pathology or foot compensations. To remain competitive among your colleagues and to achieve the best results with your clients, it is imperative to gain an understanding of the role the foot and ankle play in creating and modifying fitness programs. This course contains pictures and videos to help you understand biomechanics, assess foot conditions and better understand how the foot and ankle play a role in every step you take.
Course 2: Biomechanics of low back pain | 4 hours
Almost 80% of American adults will suffer low back pain at some point. Interestingly, 70-80% of low back pain is associated with musculoskeletal imbalances and improper core activation during everyday movement. Join us as we take a look at the latest research on the biomechanics of low back pain. From the hip to the foot, you will be surprised by how many different imbalances attribute to low back pain. Help your clients get their bodies back in balance and move pain free!
Course 3: barefoot balance training | 3 hours
In closed chain kinematics the foot is the foundation to human movement. This means that any dysfunction in the foot must impact knee, hip and lower back alignment. Conversely, in open chain kinematics, hip strength controls knee and foot posture. Learn one of the most effective techniques for improving foot posture, controlling knee pain and strengthening the hip. After this course you will fully appreciate the power of barefoot work. Improve posture and build strength - with barefoot balance training.
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Continuing Education credit is included in the price of this specialist certificate program. Successsful completion of all 3 courses and course quizzes is required to receive continuing education for each course and to be awarded the specialist training certificate of completion.
The 3 courses together are approved for the following CE credit:
Action Personal Trainer Certification 1.0
Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) 10.0
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 10.0
American Kinesiotherapy Association (COPS-KT) 1.0
Aquativ Exercise Association (AEA) 6.00
Aquatic Therapy & Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI) 0.9
Internet Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) 1.0
International Sports Sciences Assocation (ISSA) 10.0
National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) 1.0
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) 1.0
National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) 1.0
National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) 4.5
National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) 1.5
National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA) 10.0
Sara's City Workout (SCW) 10.0
World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) 10.0
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 0.6
AOTA Classification Codes
Course 1- Domain of OT: Client Factors, Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation
Course 2 - Domain of OT: Performance Skills, Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Occupational Therapy Process: Treatment