Module 3: ASTR Residential Lectures & Wet Labs
This module is designed for qualified professionals to work as equine rehabilitation practitioners in the equine healthcare industry.
This module is a 72-hour residential course, designed to support and elaborate on the lectures from Module 2. Students must complete Module 2 before attending the residential component of the ASTR program. During this residential period, students will spend a cumulative total of 4 hours in surface anatomy, muscle palpation, and isolation of anatomical structures. At least 12 hours are spent on case assessments (static and dynamic), exploration of manual therapies and applied therapeutics (soft-tissue mobilization techniques, myofascial release, range of motion exercises, passive and active muscle activation techniques, spinal mobilization, the Equiband System, in-hand exercises, and other tactile and proprioceptive stimulus techniques). Students will also be introduced to to electrophysical therapies including shockwave, TENS, EMS, FES, therapeutic ultrasound, vibration therapy and other rehabilitation/conditioning options which may include cold spas, and the underwater treadmill or swimming.
- To interpret the clinical examination to define appropriate and correct application of rehabilitation techniques
- To communicate examination findings to other team members, to determine whether the selected rehabilitation plan is appropriate for the case
- To evaluate and compare the surface anatomy for symmetry
- To identify the major muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the horse
- To apply appropriate manual therapies for different cases
- To apply appropriate use of electrical therapies for different cases
- To complete a comprehensive evaluation of a full case study
- To interpret the various causes of equine lameness
- To recognize differences between approaches to neurological cases as compared to lameness cases
- To understand equine conformation and how this can relate to acquired lameness or performance issues
- To recognize the need of the team approach in the care, examination and rehabilitation approach of the horse, with emphasis on effective communication between different team players
- To determine which cases and conditions are candidates for rehabilitation therapy
- To accurately record case findings for communication with fellow team members.
- To understand the different possible outcomes in response to specific rehabilitation procedures
- To understand which injuries will respond optimally to manual therapies or to electrophysical therapies
The residential (onsite) lectures and hands-on wet labs are scheduled over 72 hours, including guided study in the evening, and during a day off (12 hours in total). The residential portion of this program is held over a nine-day period.
- 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (days 1-4): 32 class hours
- Guided study and assignments on day off (day 5): 8 hours
- 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (days 6-8): 24 hours
- 8:00 am – 12:00pm (day 9): 4 hours
Students are expected to spend at least one hour per evening to review the daily course material, and to prepare for the next day’s activities.
Sequence and frequency of Residential Course module:
Module 3 will be offered at least twice a year in California, USA. In addition, Module 3 will be offered in alternative years in Europe (United Kingdom), Australia, and in any other geographical region with sufficient course participants for a residential module (20 participants).