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Injuries & Special Populations


The STOTT PILATES® Injuries & Special Populations (ISP) course equips you with the skills required to address a broad range of physical challenges among your clients. It is important to note that this course will NOT prepare students to diagnose or treat any specific injuries or conditions or prescribe exercises for these populations without consultation with an appropriate health practitioner (i.e. Physical Therapist, Physiotherapist or similarly recognized health care professional).

Completion of ISP is required for full STOTT PILATES certification.

General course objectives
  • Discuss the Pilates instructor’s role in the rehabilitative process
  • Examine the industry standards for screening clients and learn how to begin a Pilates program to safely and appropriately work with special populations
  • Discuss the three-level muscle classification system
  • Develop and be able to apply a rehabilitative approach based on current models of joint stability
  • Examine optimal and dysfunctional biomechanical patterns in various regions of the body
  • Review the most common injuries and special populations that may be encountered
  • Review appropriate exercise progressions for those injuries and special populations
  • Practice programming for specific injuries and special populations

What you will learn:

  • Approaches to rehabilitating an injured musculoskeletal system
  • Anatomy and biomechanics, dysfunctions and pathologies, and exercise modifications in the: lumbo-pelvic, cervical, upper quadrant, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot regions
  • Pregnancy, fibromyalgia and other special conditions plus workout design
  • Appropriate modification of Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair and Barrel exercises

Requirements of certification:

  • 24 hours of instruction
  • No physical review, observation or practice teaching required


  • Students must have completed the IMP or IR or CMR

Continuing Education Credits

Required materials

Education material

Optional items

  • Peripheral Joint Stabilization on Equipment DVD
  • Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization on Equipment DVD

Equipment required (provided by the facility)

1 Each: laptop computer; projector & screen, full life-size skeleton

1 Each: Split-Pedal Stability Chair; Arc Barrel; Spine Supporter; Ladder Barrel; Reformer Box; Padded Platform Extender; Rotational Diskboard; Jumpboard; Flex-Band® exerciser; Fitness Circle® resistance ring; Stability Ball; Foam Roller; BOSU* balance trainer; Mini Stability Ball

1 Pair Each: Eco-Friendly Pilates Mats; Toning Balls (1 or 2lb); Rotational Disks (10" or 12"); Foam-Grip Handles (included with V2 Max Plus Reformer); Extension Straps (included with V2 Max Plus Reformer)

1 per 12 Students: Cadillac and Reformer with Traditional or Plus-style Vertical Frame (including Mat Converter) or V2 Max Plus Reformer (including Mat Converter)

1 per 3 Students: Foam Cushions A & C

1 per Student: Mat

Highly recommended: Stability Barrel

Optional: White board, Chalkboard or Large Flip pad, Table and Chairs to sit on. Spine Corrector (1:12); Pilates Edge (1:12), Stability Cushion(1:12), Strength Tubing Ankle (2:12), Strength Tubing Core (2:12), Mini Handweights/Soft Dumbbells (4:12), Balance Pad, Large (1:12), Balance Pad, Half Size (2:12), Foam Roller, Soft Density (1:12), Foam Cushion B (2:12)


In order to start the Injuries and Special Populations course students must have completed the IMP or IR or CMR.

How to apply:

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Click below for a price list from the Toronto Corporate Training Center for courses, exams and materials.


  • Prices listed are for the Toronto Corporate Training Center and are provided as a reference. Prices will vary depending on region and location. Please contact individual training centres for up-to-date pricing information as well as any packages or discounts that may be available.
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