Online Course
Spinal Cord Injury – Benefits, Barriers and Guidelines for Physical Activity
Learn how to use scientific evidence and clinical experience to design exercise programmes for people with SCI

1-1.5 hours





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Candace Vermaak
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Dr Candace Vermaak is a biokineticist and lecturer whose teaching focuses on rehabilitating people with different disabilities

Course instructor

Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. It can include activities completed while working, playing, travelling, carrying out housework and fulfilling recreational interests. Physical activity is considered an essential part of a healthy lifestyle for adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). In this course, Candace Vermaak uses scientific guidelines and her own clinical experience to offer insight into designing physical activity programmes for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Her in-depth presentation on the benefits, barriers and solutions of these programmes provide guidance for physiotherapists working in high-, middle- and low-income countries.


The goal of this course is to provide guidelines for anyone interested in designing physical activity programmes for people with spinal cord injury.


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

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This programme is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, 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 1-1.5 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 - 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 0.9 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 benefits of physical activity for individuals with disabilities
  • list three barriers to physical activity for individuals with disabilities living in low-income countries
  • explain physical activity prescription, targeting fitness and metabolic health for people with spinal cord injury
  • describe how scientific guidelines for physical activity translate into practice guidelines for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • list at least two barriers and offer one solution for people with spinal cord injury living in low-income countries to meet exercise guidelines
Featured reviews
An excellent course to understand in-depth the methods for implementing physical activity in SCI patients!
Jeslin T Achens
The quality of the course was excellent. It talks in general and in particular about spinal cord injuries, instructions, directions, cardiorespiratory fitness, etc. It is comprehensive! Many thanks to you! كانت جودة الدورة ممتازة تتحدث وبشكل عام وخاص عن اصابات النخاع الشوكي والارشادات والتوجيهات واللياقة القلبية التنفسية و... الخ فأنه شامل ولكم جزيل الشكر
Avin Ramadan Darwish
Physical Therapist