Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sports Injuries
San José, Costa Rica
Area of Study
Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Sciences
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 5
Hours & Credits
Course Name: Physical Therapy and rehabilitation exercises for Common sport injuries
Course Code: HHD-1020
Total Contact Hours: 48.
Physical therapy ranks in Costa Rica and the USA as one of the most desirable careers. Physical Therapists play essential roles in today’s health care environment. They contribute along with all health care providers to maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity and health, enabling individuals of all ages to have optimal functioning and quality of life.
During this course the student will learn history of Physical Therapy, PT core values and principles, mechanical principles applied to human body, an introduction to exercise therapy, massage therapy and physical therapists approach after a stroke.
Understand the role of the physical therapist within the health care system and have a general idea of biomechanics of human body, exercise therapy techniques and massage therapy.
Understand the action areas of physical therapy within the health care system
Learn and comprehend the core values and code of ethics for the Physical Therapist.
Study the mechanical principles of human movement, gait and pathological gait
Create an understanding base of exercise therapy, relaxation techniques and strengthening exercises.
Learn the different therapeutic massage techniques and its uses.
Understand what is a stroke, its risk factors, complications and physical rehabilitation.
This course is structured for International Students attending the Study Abroad program at Universidad Veritas. However, courses are not exclusive to foreigners so a few native student could enroll in this course.
Lectures: individual and group analysis of lectures.
Group investigation to promote investigation methods and group discussion.
Study of cases to teach the student how to face daily life situations and how the PT intervenes in those cases.
Hands on practice. Exercise Therapy and Massage therapy certainly has a broad theoretical foundation, however hands on practice is the bread and butter of physical therapists.
Students are only allowed 2 absences (justified or not). The student will fail the course if he/she has more than 2 absences. Students will have a 0 on any assignment evaluated in class (presentations, evaluations, field trips, etc.) if he/she is absent in this class, unless an official document is presented no later than one week after the absence. In this case the assignment will be due this day. An unjustified absence to a fieldtrip will immediately mean failing the course. You can only have two total absences in your elective. Three late arrivals to class (15 minutes later) are treated as one absence. If you tend to be late for class, you will lose 25% of your total grade
Professors have the right to expel a student from the classroom should he / she:
1) Be disruptive in the classroom.
2) Behave in a disrespectful way.
3) Be under the influence of alcohol or even smell like alcohol.
4) Be under the influence of any illegal drug.
5) Hygiene problems that may disturb other students.
The use of cell phones, smart phones, or other mobile communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Please turn all devices OFF and put them away when class begins. Devices may be used ONLY when the professor assigns a specific activity and allows the use of devices for internet search or recording. Those who fail to comply with the rule must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.
1. What is Physical Therapy
2. History of Physical Therapy
3. The process of Patient/Client management
4. Examples of Physical Therapy Services
5. International Classification of Function, Disability and Health
6. Professionalism in Physical Therapy: Core Values
7. Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist: Principles
1. Biomechanics: Mechanical Principles
2. Gait (Video):
3. Introduction to Exercise therapy
4. Fundamental Positions
5. Passive Movements
6. Active movements
2. Joint Mobility
3. Strengthening and Stretching
4. Hands on practice. Location: ZENfit 506
5. Frenkel exercises, PNF and hydrotherapy
2. Exercise therapy equipment
3. Massage therapy techniques
4. Hands on practice
2. Final project presentation:
Complications and indirect impairments
3. Yoga therapy retreat at Vida Asana Eco Retreat
2 (10% each)
3 (5% each)
Hands on practice
2 (15% each)
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations