Whether you are a health care professional looking to incorporate post-rehab exercise into your practice, a fitness professional who wants to help rehab clients, or a Merrithew™ IT who wants to build on the knowledge base you’ve already accumulated, there is a branch of Merrithew STOTT PILATES® Rehab Education that will work for you. How to find the right fit? We’ve outlined the options below.
Health Care Professionals
The STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation Program is designed for people who are licensed to prescribe exercise, including:
- Occupational Therapists
- Physiotherapists/Physical Therapists
- Final-year health professional students
- Chiropractors, Osteopaths
- Medical or sports medicine doctors
- PTA and OTA assistants and professionals
The program also accepts professionals with a minimum of two years of full-time study from a certifying/licensing/degree-granting institution in anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, exercise prescription with clinical experience, who have been granted the right to assess, diagnose, treat and prescribe exercise for the rehabilitation and/or prevention of injuries.
Divided into Mat-based and equipment-based modules, this curriculum covers a broad range of exercises and can help expand services to include post-rehab work. The Rehab Program is available at a number of Licensed Training Centers and Host Centers worldwide.
Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors
For those who have credentials to instruct clients, but not licensed to prescribe exercise, can choose from a wide variety of specialized Programming for Diverse Populations workshops that focus on the post-rehab phase of care.
There are a number of current workshops under the following categories:
- Back Care, Prenatal
- Postnatal, Active for Life/Older Adult
- Breast Cancer Rehab
- Pilates for Teens
- Rehab, Post Rehab and Stabilization
Merrithew Instructor Trainers
For Merrithew ITs that have the prerequisites for the Rehab program, it’s necessary to consider specific goals for taking it. As 60% of the material covered in the Rehab courses is the same as the exercises learned in the intensive program, there is a great deal of overlap.
The unique information (40% of the course) that you will receive from the Rehab program represents new variations and modifications of those exercises with a focus on acute and subacute stages of the injury, along with details regarding the integration and application of the repertoire in a clinical rehab setting.
If you feel like you would like a little more time and practice working with the material and developing an accurate eye for appropriate movement patterns and common compensations found in rehab patients as well as cuing and correcting technique within the context of a clinical setting, then the Rehab program may be right for you.
If you feel confident in your knowledge, consider expanding and specializing your skills with workshops from Programming for Diverse Populations (above), which, in addition to offering Continuing Education Credits, can provide specialized knowledge that complements your STOTT PILATES training.