Online Course
Paediatric Musculoskeletal Development
Understand the impact of muscle forces on musculoskeletal development

2-2.5 hours





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Krista Eskay
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Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher

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The musculoskeletal system is influenced by many different factors as infants and children grow. It can adapt to the demands, or lack of demands, placed on it. The major load on bone comes from muscle forces. Alignment may be impacted when muscle pull is altered due to genetic or neuromuscular conditions. Atypical alignment can directly affect functional activities and an individual's participation. Following on from the last course on paediatric bone development, this course explores the development of the musculoskeletal system in children and looks at the impact of changes in alignment.


This course aims to provide an overview of the development of the paediatric musculoskeletal system.


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.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 2-2.5 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 1.8 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:

  • identify the key musculoskeletal changes that occur in the trunk, pelvis and lower extremities from infancy to adulthood
  • describe at least three types of malalignment that can affect a child's participation in functional activities
  • list at least three physiotherapy interventions that can help improve alignment in the trunk and lower extremity

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.