Online Course
Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise
Consolidate your knowledge of exercise principles for therapeutic purposes

1.5-2 hours





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Richard Jackson
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Richard Jackson is a highly regarded clinician, educator and researcher who has a specific focus on the lower extremity, spine and pelvis.

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Therapeutic exercise is known to have long-term benefits for many health conditions and injuries. As Richard Jackson notes, "the human body can be moulded and shaped over time, regardless of age. It has a tremendous ability to respond to the demands placed upon it." Because of their knowledge of osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, myokinematics and kinetics, physiotherapists are well-placed to prescribe exercise programmes for individuals who have specific rehabilitation needs. However, they must also have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of exercise prescription. Therefore, this course will explore the basics of therapeutic exercise, focusing on terminology and key principles of exercise design.


This course aims to introduce the science and process of therapeutic exercise.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the difference between therapeutic exercise and general exercise
  • list at least three benefits associated with therapeutic exercise
  • discuss tissue damage and pain and their effect on performance
  • describe different types of muscle contractions
  • discuss general principles of exercise design