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The D'Youville College Department of Physical Therapy presents Functional Core Stabilization, a course hosted by James Modera on April 28.

Core stabilization is only effective if it is functionally relevant. It is difficult to recruit the transverse abdominus unconsciously while performing sports activities and functional tasks. This course will provide instruction on how to recruit the core throughout the developmental sequence using the Terra Core and other interventions.

The Terra Core is a new and unique exercise device that provides full spinal support on a level surface while initiating dynamic stabilization when prone or supine. The heavy-duty air bladder also supports functional training in kneeling, half-kneeling, quadruped, and standing positions, while challenging balance and facilitating good posture.

This interactive course will teach participants how to utilize this device and other stabilization techniques that can be adapted for sports-orthopedic, neurological, pediatric and elderly populations.

Functional Core Stabilization

  • Topic: functional core stabilization
  • When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:30 AM 12:30 PM
  • Location: D’Youville College Bauer Family Academic Center, Room 001
  • Cost: $50.00
  • Credits: Approved by NYS Board for Physical Therapy for 4 contact hours (0.4 CEUs)
  • Notes: Seating is limited to 30 participants.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, student will be able to: 

  • Identify common muscle imbalances that affect core stabilization and how they contribute to movement pathologies.
  • Discuss principles that help to facilitate core recruitment.
  • Implement an exercise program that provides core stabilization during varied movements and functional activities, taking into consideration diagnostic indications and contraindications.
  • Incorporate the use of the Terra Core and other exercise equipment with core recruitment principles into a rehabilitation and wellness program.
  • Discuss exercise modifications to fit the needs and abilities of your patient population, from athletes to the elderly.

About the Speaker

James Modera worked in an outpatient rehabilitation setting for two years prior to opening Finger Lakes Physical Therapy and Sportscare, PLLC 30 years ago. He also created a sideline and PT office-based Sports Injury Management program for the local high school, which he continues to run today.

He is a certified functional capacity evaluator and did a residency in ergonomics. He has taken more than 100 continuing education courses, specializing in orthopedic physical therapy, spinal care, manual therapy, and sports and post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as exercise-based training in Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, and medicine training therapy and specialized coursework in taping techniques. He has also taken McKenzie's spinal and extremities courses and has combined the self-treatment principles and philosophies, guided by pain and centralization, with other manual therapy techniques and treatment approaches.

He has provided a teaching facility for several colleges and universities. This course is a culmination of more than 30 years of clinical experience and academic endeavors. A graduate of SUNY at Buffalo, he is scheduled to receive his DPT from Utica College in May of 2018.

* Preceptor Waivers: Physical Therapists earn “Tuition Waivers for Student Supervision” also known as "Preceptor Waivers" by providing direct clinical supervision of students during clinical experiences. PTs accrue 0.5 credits for every two weeks of student supervision.

Students practice Physical Therapy techniques.

For more information, please contact the Ericka Morley-Soto, Professional Program Coordinator at 716-829-7802 or email

Do you need special accommodations?

If you require special accommodations or information on accessible entrances and pathways, please call 716-829-8338.

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