Individualized rehabilitation: Embodying the movement

Duration of the project

01.06.2021. - 15.11.2021.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

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Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
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Rīga Stradiņš University
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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Project manager

Dr. Agnė Slapšinskaitė

Project aims

The proposed online workshop is scientifically useful for rehabilitation specialists (both students and clinicians) as it promotes movement variability as essential for exploring the regularities in the dynamics of the individual within their environment. This could be a tipping point for further scientific investigation with focus on individualized rehabilitation approaches.

Interestingly, research has shown that flexible, adaptive and healthy motor behavior is linked to optimal variability down to the fine temporal structure of movement details. To optimize performance flexibility, therapists will be encouraged to translate research in differential learning into clinical programs.

The aim of differential learning is to support a subject in finding their individual, context-dependent performance repertoire in order to perform complex motor skills as successfully as possible. Importantly, the goal is to improve the ability of an individual to find successful behavioral patterns under permanently changing internal and environmental conditions.

Main activities and venues

  1. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania (23-09-2021)
  • During the online workshop, participants will develop situational learning competences, will apply individualized movement strategies and will develop skills to apply differential learning in rehabilitation practice. The aim of differential learning is to support a patient or learner in finding their individual, context-dependent performance repertoire in order to perform the task involving a complex motor skill as successfully as possible. In search for this repertoire the brain will change towards increased awareness and enjoyment.
  • Individual consultations (further scientific implications and practical applications)
  • Translate research in differential learning into clinical programs (poster).

 

  1. Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia (27-09-2021)
  • During the online workshop participants will develop situational learning competences, will apply individualized movement strategies and will develop skills to apply differential learning in rehabilitation practice. In rehabilitation, patients should experience uniqueness and persistence of movements that should utilize perception and action, an approach that focuses on the dynamics of holistic interactions where the non-separability of performer, task and environment becomes aware and should inspire them to embody competence and interest along with self-regulation strategies necessary for developing and sustaining individualized movement.

3. Final practical online workshop and communication with students from Lithuania and Latvia (29-10-2021)

Direct and indirect target group

Direct

  • Sports and rehabilitation researchers (4) (Lithuania)
  • Rehabilitation lecturers (10) (Lithuania)
  • Undergraduate physiotherapy students (30) (Lithuania)
  • Postgraduate health and rehabilitation students (10) (Lithuania)
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate health science students- e.g. PT, OT (50) (Latvia)
  • Lecturers from RSU Department of Rehabilitation (8) (Latvia)

Indirect:

  • Other SPA and rehabilitation hospital rehabilitation specialists (30)
  • Patients (250)