Presented by Dr. Marie-Louise Bird PT, this course will cover the principles of movement using Pilates, contraindications to movement for older adults and basic exercises. It will discuss where Pilates fits into exercise guidelines for older adults and will demonstrate how to design a practical Pilates program for both healthy older adults and for special populations (older adults with pathology, increased falls risk and/or cancer survivors).
Target Audience: Physiotherapists of all levels will benefit from this course. The aim of this one day workshop is to provide physiotherapists with an introduction to the application of Pilates method of exercise to older adults.
Marie-Louise Bird studied physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, and brings nearly 20 years of clinical practice to inform her teaching and research roles. Her PhD investigated exercise and older adults, and more recently she has expanded this to explore different ways to engage people to participate in appropriate exercise and physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. She has contributed foundational work in the understanding of Pilates and balance control. Dr. Bird models a user centred approach in her research. She is currently employed as a research fellow at the University of British Columbia, investigating the development of partnerships between the community and the health service to improve opportunities for exercise participation.
She has led projects in rural health and for the Australian Physiotherapy Association in education, reflecting her commitment to lifelong learning. She has lectured at the University of Tasmania since 2004. She is the Tasmanian representative on the Gerontology Physiotherapy Association, and a former member of AHPRA. She is an invited reviewer for The Physiotherapy Research Fund grant applications and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fitness Research.
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