Implementing Strength & Conditioning Principles in Physical Therapy

When it comes to optimally prescribing therapeutic exercise in the clinical setting, we can look to the realm of strength & conditioning to gain some insight. Whether your patient is a high school athlete or deconditioned older adult, both populations can benefit from progressively loaded, multi-joint strength exercises. This course will outline techniques for how to prescribe the major functional movement patterns such as the squat, hinge, lunge, and overhead press for a variety of musculoskeletal pathologies. By the use of various free weight tools such as the kettlebell, dumbbell, and barbell, participants will learn the evidence-based theories as to why functional movements should be implemented into clinical practice and how to perform and demonstrate these various lifts. In addition, you will learn about the potent psychological and empowering benefits that functional exercises can provide patients in order to help them move through life with more confidence and less fear.

Presenter: Michael Mash, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr Michael Mash is the owner and founder of Barbell Rehab, a cash-based physical therapy clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. He specializes in helping motivated individuals return to their high level activities and takes particular interest in working with barbell athletes. Michael received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duquesne University in 2016 and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Michael has a passion for teaching strength and conditioning principles and is currently providing continuing education events at numerous locations throughout the country. For more information go to
Contact Info:

Duquesne University

John G. Rangos Sr., School of Health Sciences
Room 141
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact Hours: 

Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy - Approved for 6.0 General Access Contact Hours (CEUs);

Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy - Application submitted 

West Virginia State Board of Physical Therapy - Approved for 6.0 General Access Contact Hours (CEUs). 

WV Approval Seal


8:30 - 9:00

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45

  • Introduction and Principles of Effective Loading in Physical Therapy

9:45 - 11:00

  • Implementing Squat/Lunge Patterns in Clinical Practice

11:00 - 11:45

  • Implementing Deadlift/Hinge Patterns in Clinical Practice

11:45 - 12:30

  • Lab Demonstration of the Lower Body Lifts:

12:30 - 1:30

  • Lunch (on own)

1:30 - 2:30

  • Implementing Upper Extremity Pressing and Pulling Patterns in Clinical Practice

2:30 - 3:15

  • Lab Demonstration of the Upper Body Lifts

3:15 - 4:00

  • Pain Science and Psychological Effects of Loading

4:00 - 4:30

  • Questions & Answers

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and teach the basic squat, lunge, hinge and overhead pressing patterns to a wide range of patient populations;
  • Utilize various free weight tools such as the kettlebell, barbell and dumbell to load functional movement patterns; 
  • Justify the use of traditional weight lifting movements in a comprehensive functional rehabilitation program;
  • Create an exercise prescription for patients with orthopedic pathologies that integrates traditional weight lifting exercises, functional movement patterns and strength & conditioning principles. 


$125 - General Admission
$  99 - If you are an Alum of Duquesne; OR serve as a Clinical Instructor/Preceptor or Coordinator of Clinical Education for our Physical Therapy or Athletic Training students

Registration: Please do so electronically - click here. Capacity is limited to 48 so please register early. 

Cancellation Policy: The Department of Physical Therapy reserves the right to cancel the scheduled continuing education course. Courses may be cancelled for a variety of reasons including but not limited to inclement weather, campus emergency, speaker cancellation/withdrawal, or low course enrollment. In those instances where Duquesne University must cancel the event, attendees will be granted a full refund of the course tuition. In the event that an attendee should cancel or be unable to attend, full, partial or no refunds will be awarded based upon timing of the cancellation. Attendees canceling two weeks prior to the event will receive a full tuition refund. Any attendee cancelling less than 2 weeks of the event will be charged a 25% processing fee to cover the cost of materials, supplies and/or food being provided for the event. In the event that an attendee fails to attend the course and does not notify the Department in advance, no tuition refund will be granted.

Contact & Registration:

Make checks payable to 'Duquesne University' and mail to:
Department of Physical Therapy
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282


 The course is on the 1st floor of the Rangos School of Health Sciences; Park in Forbes Avenue Garage.

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