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An Introduction to Nutrition for Rehab Professionals

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An Introduction to Nutrition for Rehab Professionals

An Introduction to Nutrition for Rehab Professionals

This course includes
1:30:00 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in September 2020


Regardless of your profession or practice setting, every patient you see will have something in common: they require nutrition. Nutrition can impact health, wellness, and rehabilitation outcomes.
Over the past century, modern medicine has been able to extend the average lifespan of individuals, but currently, many people spend their later years with impaired levels of functioning.  As rehabilitation professionals, you will likely have a role in creating opportunities and strategies for increasing activity levels and improving function, however, lifestyle factors are also a key component of managing chronic diseases. One of the major components of lifestyle is diet and nutrition, which has a large role in determining disease-free years.
This 90-minute online course with Sean Wells will teach you the basics about nutrition, how nutrition can be assessed and prescribed for specific health issues, and explore emerging and specialty population topics relevant to the rehabilitation professional.
Whether you're working from a gym, in a hospital, or from a clinic, nutrition can directly impact the recovery of your clients or athletes.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate current statistics regarding chronic diseases
  2. Describe how diet can function in preventing many chronic diseases
  3. Explain how and why guidelines may fall short in helping prevent chronic diseases
  4. Outline several nutritional means for treating or preventing disease within these systems or areas of practice: cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedics, metabolic, neurologic, sports, pediatric, and geriatric.
  5. Describe the putative health-improving mechanisms behind a predominately whole-food, plant-based diet
  6. Explain the risks of standard American or Western diet
  7. Provide simple steps to help a client make changes in their diet to improve their health, rehabilitation outcome, or condition



This online course is designed for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, athletic therapists, medical doctors, nurses, kinesiologists, and those who are licensed or who are eligible to be licensed to practice. This is also a great continuing education course for students or new grads looking to keep up with current nutritional knowledge.

The instructors
Dr. Sean M. Wells

Dr. Sean M. Wells is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and The National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Wells has taught wellness, nutrition, athletic training, and exercise physiology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He is current owner of Wells Physical Therapy, a concierge physical therapy and training service serving Ponte Vedra, St Augustine, Naples, and Bonita Springs, FL.

His research interest includes lower back pain, nutrition and healing, and aging mechanisms/models. Sean has been published in the area of orthopedics, aging and nutrition, and fitness. He has helped to author and publish three international peer-reviewed journal articles on nutrition and aging mechanisms. He has published one book on the dangers of CrossFit and is currently working on his 2nd book, Nutritional Physical Therapy. He is second author on Wellness and Physical Therapy 2nd Edition, with contributions for nutrition, community wellness and dry needling. He was contributing author to the fitness section of a South Florida magazine for 3 years, and has been featured in Redbook, Muscle and Fitness Magazine, and Eat This Not That blog. Sean provides an array of services from concierge physical therapy, to post-rehab programs, to personal training, with an overarching emphasis on orthopedics, geriatric health, and fitness.

Course Material included in this course
  • An Introduction to Nutrition for Rehab Professionals
  • Welcome
  • Nutrition Overview
  • Old Paradigms, New Evidence
  • Orthopaedic
  • Metabolic
  • Neurologic
  • Sports
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics and Conclusion
  • Audience Questions
  • Quiz
  • What's Next?
  • Feedback

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

This course has been approved for 3 CPD units by the South Africa Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). If you are a physiotherapist in South Africa and would like the number of approved CPDs to appear on your certificate of completion, please follow the steps outlined in this help article. 

This course is free for Embodia Members. You can learn more about the membership options available by visiting the Embodia membership pricing page.

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