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Exercise and the Brain

June 16, 2012


Course description

This course has been developed for PT / PTA’s, OTs, SLP’s, ATs, RNs, physiatrists, and other health care providers interested in understanding the relationship between exercise and brain health and function.  The course will include a look at the animal models that have helped us understand the physiologic responses of the brain to exercise, human studies in both health and disease or injured populations, and a comparison of physical and mental exercise effects.  The recent discovery of the important role of sleep for learning and memory will also be explored.  Clinical application principles will be provided throughout the course.


Course objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:


Course Outline

9:00- 9:10 Introduction and background
9:10 - 10:30 Physical exercise: animal and human response, skill vs. aerobic, health vs. dx
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Mental exercise and the role of sleep

WPTA approval #14590 - 3 CEU's.


Tina Stoeckmann is the Neurologic Residency Program Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University.  She has been lecturing to college students and rehabilitation professionals on neurologic rehabilitation topics since the ‘90’s.  Her current teaching responsibilities at Marquette include the Neurologic Rehabilitation course sequence and Cognitive and Motor Learning course in Exercise Science.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the UW – Madison in 1988, a Masters of Arts in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999, and her DSc in Physical Therapy – Neurology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2008.  Her clinical background has been primarily in neurologic rehabilitation, specializing in traumatic brain injury, and she continues to practice clinically at Froedtert Hospital on the Neurologic Rehab unit. 

Laura Dillon isa Physical Therapy Residentin the Marquette University and Zablocki VANeurologic PT Residency Program. She graduated from Marquette University with her BS in Exercise Science in 2009 and her DPT in 2011. Laura has experiences as a lab instructor and guest lecturer for Marquette's Neurologic Rehabilitation II course, has participated in the Neurologic  Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium courses and onsite modules, and continues with research projects at Marquette. Her clinical experiences include rotations in Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Neuro, Acute Care, Spinal Cord Injury, MS Clinic, and Movement Disorders Clinic.

Monika Patel is a Physical Therapy Resident in the Marquette/VA Zablocki Medical Center Neurologic PT Residency Program which includes rotations through Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient Neuro, Acute Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and various neurologic clinics.  She graduated with her BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her DPT from Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy in May 2005. She has 6 years of experience at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in acute inpatient rehab facility working primarily with neurologic diagnoses, as well as ortho, trauma, cardiac, and others.  In addition, she is a lab instructor and guest lecturer in the Neurologic Rehabilitation II class at Marquette University and participates in research activities there.

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Registration fee - $50

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Course logistics or general information, contact: Diane Slaughter at (414) 288-3097 or

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