Pilates for Osteoporosis – Online


Course Content

This exciting and innovative 1 day online course investigates the concept that osteoporosis is the next epidemic to hit the healthcare industry.

The course will cover the epidemiology, prevalence and incidence of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis currently causes more days in hospital than some more publicized diseases, such as cancer! With the growing and aging population it is predicted that the epidemic of osteoporosis will only grow and grow. One of the key components of not only managing osteoporosis but preventing its onset with exercise. Several research studies have proven that the use of Pilates movements is one of the key components to managing this disease. Pilates for Osteoporosis is an innovative 12 step program that delivers the answer to one of the worlds growing epidemics within healthcare. Worldwide 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from osteoporotic illness in their lifetime. In this online course APPI delivers a unique step by step process of creating a program that is based on targeting the common fracture sites that the research into osteoporosis suggests. Furthermore, this program has the key concept of getting clients off the floor in managing osteoporosis and ensuring that the benefit of weight bearing exercise can be linked to Pilates movements.


    Total viewing time = 5 hours 39 minutes

    This online course is presented by APPI Master Trainer Sarah Chambers.

    Financial Disclosures: None

    Learning Objectives

    Following the course you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the recent research into osteoporosis
    • Apply APPI’s step by step program based on targeting the common fracture sites
    • Recognize how to get clients off the floor in managing osteoporosis
    • Distinguish how weight bearing Pilates movements can benefit osteoporosis

    0:00:00 – 1:18:09   The APPI Osteoporosis Class

    1:18:10 – 1:39:52   Lecture 1: Osteoporosis is a Worldwide Epidemic

    1:39:53 – 2:52:14   Lecture 2: The Management of Osteoporosis & Pilates

    2:52:15 – 4:22:12   Workshop: Assessment of Balance and Falls

    4:22:13 – 5:39:23   Continuation of Pilates Exercises in the Management of Osteoporosis

    Total Viewing Time: 5 hours 39 minutes

    Speaker Bio

    Sarah Chambers graduated in Human Biology from Oxford Brookes University, England and then went on to complete her training as a physiotherapist in 1992 from Birmingham University, England.  She worked briefly in the NHS before moving to a leading private hospital in North London, the Hospital Of St John and St Elizabeth for 18 years, where she developed a keen interest in movement dysfunction, lumbopelvic stability and muscle imbalances, initially developing a Back Care Exercise program with the National Back Pain Association, following her study with the Kinetic Control group.

    Sarah was introduced to the APPI method of Pilates in 2005, subsequently completing all her APPI Matwork Pilates training (2005 – 2008). The APPI method of clinical Pilates focuses on using specific based Pilates exercises to rehabilitate patients back to optimal health and body balance. With her physiotherapy background, Sarah has extensive experience in biomechanical analysis and postural screening to reveal the cause of injury or imbalance.  She is passionate that with this knowledge and education, the rehabilitation benefits of Pilates can provide clients, from a variety of backgrounds, improved postural awareness, and help them to develop a deeper understanding of their own bodies. With the versatility of Pilates complete beginners to elite athletes can incorporate it into their program with the ability to transfer the skills they have learnt, into their daily activities achieving their goals with great results!

    Sarah is also an APPI International Master trainer, sharing her infectious enthusiasm for Pilates with a wide range of audiences all over Europe, South Africa and Continental US. Her extensive clinical and teaching expertise has earned her the opportunity to work with World Leaders in Pilates Education, presenting workshops at the APPI International Conference. She has also produced 2 DVDS on Standing Pilates with a beginner class aimed at those who struggle with working on the mat. The Intermediate class is aimed at those who wish to improve balance, flexibility and strength in a functional position which will then equip them to return to their sport.

    This course is open to:

    • Physical Therapists
    • Physical Therapist Assistants
    • Athletic Trainers
    • Exercise Physiologists
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
    • Personal Trainers
    • Certified Pilates Instructors
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Occupational Therapy Assistants
    • Third Year Physical Therapy Students

    We recommend that you have attended APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level One course or a 2 day Pilates Matwork course with a recognized Pilates training provider prior to completing this online course.

    We recommend that you have the following equipment in order to get the most out of this online course:

    1 x towel
    1 x resistance/theraband
    2 x oval balance pads
    1 x sitting block
    1 x pilates circle
    1 x soft pilates ball

    Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants: This course is approved by the following:

      Approved through California Physical Therapy Association CPTA ( Approval CPTA #23-553)

      Many other states may accept credits awarded by the above state boards. Please check with your state licensing board to determine whether the course qualifies for credit in your state. Please note that due to the changing nature of state continuing education requirements, APPI suggests that you contact your state physical therapy association or licensing board for the most current information on continuing education and other rules and regulations.

      Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 5.5 continued education hours for Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider number P10086.

      Personal Trainers/ Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists APPI courses are not automatically approved by the NSCA, however if you would like to attend this course, you are able to self-submit received NSCA CEUs.

      Exercise Physiologists ‘The ACSM Certification & Registry Department will recognize CECs, CMEs or CEUs awarded by other professional health and fitness or clinical organizations for attending their programs without it being pre-approved or endorsed by the ACSM Education Department. These are considered “non-ACSM endorsed programs.” You must obtain documentation from that organization verifying attendance and the number of CECs earned.’

      If you require accreditation through another governing body or within another state, or require any further information please email info@appiamerica.com

      After viewing this online course you will be required to pass a 20 question multiple choice test. The pass mark for this test is 80%.
      “My patient population includes those who are osteopenic and osteoporotic. I wanted to be able to give variations both to my patient’s one-on-one and in a class situation to those individuals with a loss of bone density. The course gave me both didactic information that is beneficial to the patient, i.e. extension based exercises will be safer versus increased risk of fracture with flexion based exercises, as well as, a giving a
      strong group of exercises that have been modified for the osteoporotic population to load their bones safely.” – Physical Therapist | 2019

      “This information will allow me to make educated decisions regarding the use of Pilates as an exercise tool / physical therapy intervention for those with osteoporosis.” – Physical Therapist | 2019

      “I liked the exercises and how to change them or alter them for a particular patient.” – Physical Therapist | 2019

      Student Discounts
      If you are a student, please email info@appiamerica.com for information on special discounted rates.

      ADA Needs
      We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please email info@appiamerica.com.

      Financial – All APPI presenters who teach this course receive a speaking honorarium from APPI America.
      Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists with any of APPI’s presenters for this course.