34.1 - Nutrition in the Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Setting

Course Description

This course provides participants the opportunity to engage with wide-ranging clinically useful material related to diet and nutrition in physical therapy practice. Lifestyle variables, including diet and nutrition, play a substantial role on the health and well-being of individuals. This is especially the case for those in pain, recovering from an injury, or trying to perform at their best physical level possible. Leveraging our ability to educate patients and clients on diet and nutrition can have a dramatic impact on their quality of life. The material from this course is comprehensive, practical, and applicable not only to our practice, but to our own lives!

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Course Overview

Course Format: Online with an option to purchase the print version

Contact Hours: 15 contact hours

State Approval: AOPT courses are accepted in all states plus the District of Columbia, as allowed by the type of course requirements in state regulations. A small number of states require APTA to seek pre-approval of courses. The approval codes for these states can be found here. Always check with your State Licensing Board to confirm contact hours offered.

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Online Only Online + Hard Copy
AOPT Member $105 $130
Non-AOPT Member $205 $230

Nutrition in the Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Setting

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Course Objectives

  1. Discuss contemporary evidence related to nutrition and well-being, including the implications of poor nutrition on physical therapy patient outcomes.
  2. Apply pain neuroscience concepts to the education of patients regarding their dietary and nutritional status.
  3. Recognize foods that play helpful and harmful roles in the rehabilitation of physical therapy clients.
  4. Understand the impact of nutritional deficiencies on injury recovery and physical performance.
  5. Appraise a client’s readiness to change and provide appropriate interdisciplinary resources accordingly to optimize their nutritional status.

Topics and Authors

  • Nutrition in Physical Therapy Practice
    Susan Brady, MPT; Carey White, DPT, OCS, CDN
  • Nutrition and Persistent Pain
    Holly Jonely, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT, AT-ret.; Ashley Jarvis, MS, RDN, LDN
  • Nutrition for Sport and Activity Performance, Recovery, and Injury Rehabilitation
    Rachel Cutts, PT, RD, ATC; Taylor Call, RD