Online Course
Spinal Cord Injury – Starting Community-Based Physical Activity Groups in Low-Resource Environments
Solutions and building blocks for developing group activities 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

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The promotion of physical activity is an important part of spinal cord injury rehabilitation. ​​The physiotherapist’s role through supportive attitudes is to motivate individuals with spinal cord injury to engage in various forms of physical activity and, when resources are limited, to train other personnel to carry out the task. Leading group activities such as strengthening classes, aerobic exercises, yoga classes or circuit training, requires skills, preparation and knowledge about the risk factors associated with physical activity in individuals with spinal cord injury.


The goal of this course is to provide ideas for successful and sustainable community group activities for persons with spinal cord injury with a focus on low-resource countries.


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 course 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.


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 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 - 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 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:

  • discuss the general benefits and the barriers of physical activity for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • describe the role of the physiotherapist in the promotion of physical activity in the community for people with spinal cord injury
  • describe risk factors associated with physical activity for persons with spinal cord injury
  • list a minimum of three elements of the Training of the Trainer model (ToT)

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Candace Vermaak: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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