Exciting New Course!

Introduction to Motor Effort:

Empowering the Exercise Experience

Course Objectives:

1.  Understand why the internal forces associated with exercise cannot be directly measured and the implications of this ignorance.

2.  Understand what can be measured regarding an exercise experience and the implications of this knowledge.

3.  Discuss the properties and characteristics of subjective effort.

4.  Introduce basic mechanics (statics) in order to understand the effect of the external torque profile on the client’s motor effort profile.

5.  Create exercise experiences where manipulating the mechanics directly effects the client’s subjective profile of motor effort.

6.  Understand the relationship between the external torque profile and the motor effort profile as a relationship for informing the dose of an exercise bout.

7.  Introduce the Philosophical and Methodological Rationale of Subjective Effort 5 Point Motor Effort Scale

a.     Isometric Conditions

b.    Dynamic Conditions

Course Goals:

1.  Appreciate the basic mechanics and conditions of an exercise experience.

2.  Appreciate the value and utility of the client’s subjective experience.

3.   Learn how to use the 5 Point Subjective Motor Effort Scales (iso and Dynamic) to manipulate the Client Motor Effort Profile during exercise.

4.   Learn how to manipulate the external torque profile in order to affect the subjective motor effort profile of the client.

Learn effective methods and opportunities for controlling and conducting the exercise experience and establishing appropriate doses for unique client situations. 

Here's what our colleagues are saying about previous MSC courses:

“Thank you for an unprecedented experience in the Manual Muscle Testing class.  Having the four instructors; Greg Mack, Charlie McMillin, Jacques Taylor, and Kevin Dunn, teaching together was fantastic.  Each instructor's knowledge overlapped while bringing individual strengths resulted in an intellectually fulfilling class." 

"There was something very different in this course that I have not seen in many others - while the instructors have knowledge that many students did not, there was an openness and equality between the two when differing points emerged.  And whether it ended with parties agreeing to disagree or one party recognizing a mistake, the class community remained positive.  It was a very safe environment, grounded in science and free of ego."

"Technically speaking, it was refreshing to take a tool so many of use daily and visit its history and separate what has been proven from what has been supposed.  It takes real strength to recognize and admit that we might know much less about (and in some cases be wrong) a tool we use.  And while that can result in uncertainty (and possibly frustration) it also allows for opportunity to make things better than they have ever been.  Every body worker should take these courses.  They will only enhance what you presently do.”

“The exercise education continuum can be complicated. Too often, the material is heavily biased with personal narratives, duplicated procedures and protocols, and often not properly sourced. The Manual Muscle Testing course by the Muscle System Consortia is by far the most deliberate, rational, and empirical program I have taken. The instructors created a format that allowed all students and instructors to be equal, no hierarchy of educators - but rather a consortia of students, studiers, and exercise scientists.”