Online Course
Strength and Conditioning in Spinal Cord Injury
Become versed in prescribing fitness plans for persons with SCI

2.5-3 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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Strength and conditioning are the basic elements of a fitness programme for individuals with spinal cord injury. The physiotherapist needs to know how to assess and choose the most appropriate type and quantity of exercises. Sustainable participation in a spinal cord injury fitness programme requires the individual to successfully complete the given exercises, show measurable improvement, and most importantly, find the activities enjoyable.


The goal of this course is to provide you with an understanding of strength and conditioning exercise prescription for individuals 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 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 2.5-3 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 2.3 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:

  • describe the difference between cardiovascular fitness and strength training
  • provide at least two examples of strength and cardiovascular assessments for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • provide one or more examples of strength and endurance training prescription for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • list at least two precautions to consider with strength training for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • provide at least three examples of exercise adaptations for individuals with spinal cord injury

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Candace Vermaak: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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

Featured reviews
This course has helped me to develop better exercise plans for patients with SCI.
Occupational Therapist
An excellent course! It helped me to obtain a good understanding of the strength and conditioning of spinal cord injury patients.
Jeslin T Achens