DNS – Movement Flow and Athlete Preparation – Toronto 2019
February 22 @ 8:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm EST$995 – $1195
This course is special. Here's why:
We are combining 1.5 days of the highly acclaimed and largely workshop and movement-based DNS Movement Flow and Athletic Preparation course with 1.5 days featuring the founder of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, the man himself, Pavel Kolar. Three days of pure DNS joy.
DNS Movement Flow and Athletic Preparation is the utilization of the developmental uprighting sequence for movement preparation and integration into your training/sport. This course will be feature the DNS "Czech Get-Up" —applying load to the developmental sequencing positions in order to facilitate the utilization of the Integrated Stabilizing System of the Spine. This will be done using the kettlebell and other forms of load.
The DNS Movement Skills courses target strength coaches, personal trainers and clinical professionals working with an active population and looking to utilize DNS Movement Flow sequencing and loading of the developmental sequence while training and/or treating. Improve your understanding of DNS and its application!
Note: Prior DNS Course work is required for this course. Either DNS Exercise Course "Part I" or DNS "A" Course will suffice. This course is focused on integration and application of the DNS concepts and principles, in order to help the DNS practitioner move towards mastery. If you haven't taken one of the prerequisite courses, be sure to check our events page to find a course in your area.
The following is an approximate breakdown of which instructors are teaching each day:
- 1.5 days Movement Flow and Athlete Preparation with Eliska and Michael Maxwell (Friday through Saturday until lunch)
- 1.5 days with Pavel Kolar (Saturday after lunch through Sunday). This section of the course will include lecture content and live case studies with Pavel. Topics will include:
- Mastering the Fundamentals of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
- Postural Dysfunction Driving Movement Disturbances in Athletes
- Ideomotoric (Gnostic-Motor) Functions in Sport
- Case Studies: from general practice to elite athlete
About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)
The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ‘motor control’ is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the “Prague School” emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.
The “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.
Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).
About Professor Pavel Kolar
Professor Pavel Kolar is a physiotherapist by training who holds a doctorate in pediatrics. His instructors, Professor Karel Lewit and the late Professors Vaclav Vojta and Vladimir Janda, profoundly influenced him in his evolution of DNS. He is the Director of the Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital Motol, School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He also acts as an adviser to the Director of the Hospital and serves as vice-dean of bachelor and master study at Second Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague.
Professor Kolar is renowned for his work in rehabilitation, in addition to his utilization of DNS methods to celebrities in the world of sports, politics and entertainment. He has been appointed team clinician for the Czech Olympic teams, Soccer team, Davis Cup tennis teams and national ice hockey teams. He gained wide recognition for his treatment of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, which included traveling and serving as the President’s personal clinician when he went abroad. Because of the profound influence of DNS to rehabilitation in the Czech Republic, Professor Kolar was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Award for Professional Excellence" by Czech President Vaclav Klaus in 2007. This award is typically reserved for those in their later years after many decades of significant contributions to society, while Professor Kolar’s contribution of DNS earned him the coveted award while still in his early 40’s!
Professor Kolar is currently directing an extensive research project in his department concerning developmental kinesiology and its application in early diagnosis of central nervous system disorder in newborns and infants. He and his trained therapists utilize DNS techniques in the treatment of newborns and infants with cerebral palsy. Professor Kolar is also currently involved in a second research project, studying “stabilization and respiratory function of the diaphragm” and its relation to conservative treatment of back pain syndromes.
About Eliska Urbarova
Eliska Urbarova completed her Physiotherapy Master’s degree at the Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacky University, Olomouc in 2011. She also studied physiotherapy in Finland at Lahti University of Applied Science for five months. Since 2011, Eliska has been working as a physiotherapist within the outpatient and inpatient departments at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol in Prague. She also became an instructor in rehabilitation, teaching physiotherapy and medical students at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine within Charles University.
Specialized in the functional assessment and treatment of adult and sport patients, Eliska has completed numerous professional courses which include: Aerobics, and Stretch and Overball diploma; Chi-toning and Bosu courses; Medical Taping Concept; Form, Function and Facilitation by Clare Lewit; Global Reciprotion Inhibitor by Petr Bitnar; and Reflex Locomotion by Professor Vojta. Since 2012 she has served as a certified instructor for “Kolar's Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization: A Developmental Kinesiology Model”.
In her rehabilitation practice, Eliska particularly focuses on the treatment of adult patients with neurologic and functional problems. Since 2011 she has worked with U19 men's Floorball National team as a physiotherapist. This year she began working as the physiotherapist and fitness coach for the FBC Kladno 1st Floorball League team.
About Michael Maxwell
Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients.
Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physio’s, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!
Dr. Maxwell has served as an assistant instructor for many of the courses and instructors he has worked with and has presented in Canada and the United States on movement-based care, rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is a Certified Instructor for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Pavel Kolar. Through his consistent and exceptional exposure to some of the worlds most recognized clinicians and educators, 20 years in the trenches helping clients and patients reach their goals, and his dedication to providing exceptional and comprehensive care in clinical practice, Dr. Maxwell is well positioned to provide outstanding continuing education. And more importantly, he is honoured to do so.
Dr. Maxwell currently works with a variety of patients including recreational and elite athletes, and the non-athlete looking for fast results combined with long-term strategies for improved function and pain resolution.