Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy™


WITS 16.0

Format: Electronic

The Back Stability: Integrating Science and TherapyTM continuing education home study course presents proven clinical approaches to stabilize the spine. It provides a foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client and integrating them into a complete program to offer the best possible care in back health. You will gain the practical knowledge to help you recognize and assess inappropriate movement patterns—whether caused by injury or simple day-to-day activity—and use a process of clinical decision making to determine which exercises to use in developing effective back care programs.

This course is approved for the following continuing education credits/units:

ACE 2.0 (ACSM and the YMCA accept
AFAA 15.0
BCRPA 20.0
BOC Category A 8.00
CPTN 7.0
HFPA 2.0
ISSA 20.0
NAFC 2.0
NASM 1.9
NASN 2.0
NETA 20.0
NFPT 2.0
PTA Global 20.0
SFA 2.0
WITS 16.0

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 8.00 Category A hours/CEUs.

AT Level of Difficulty: Mastery
AT Domains: (1=Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection; 2= Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; 3= Immediate and Emergency Care; 4= Treatment and Rehabilitation; 5= Organizational and Professional Health and Well‐being): 1, 2,4

Certified health and fitness professionals holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all approved certification organizations (see list above) for which they need continuing education at no additional cost


This continuing education home study course is offered to you in a distance-learning format, providing a logical progression from initial concepts to clinical applications. The text introduces the problems of back pain and instability and provides an explanation of spinal anatomy, movements, and the physics of lifting. A discussion follows of the basic skills required for developing stability. Assessments of posture and muscle balance are highlighted, and foundational movements for development of core stability are introduced. After covering the basics, the text moves into more practical applications by presenting progressive exercises and basic equipment used for developing greater stability. Information on abdominal training, resistance apparatus, speed and power, and practical functional progressions will help your patients or clients increase back stability and enhance performance. Finally, real-life patient examples illustrate how to structure a full back stability program.
Course Materials:

Electronic formatBack Stability: Integrating Science and TherapyTM certificate package with online test includes the eBook version of the 360-page Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition book by Christopher Norris (accessed through Adobe Digital Editions/BlueFire Reader) and a 106-page workbook provided in PDF format. Instructions for completing the 100-question multiple-choice online test and obtaining CECs are also included in PDF format. Note: This course package is made available for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain “back stability” and the scope of the problem of back pain.
  2. Discuss the model of lumbar stabilization presented in the text.
  3. Identify and explain the anatomical components and the biomechanics of the lumbar spine.
  4. Identify and explain the stabilization mechanics of the lumbar spine.
  5. Discuss the principles of muscle imbalance.
  6. Discuss the relationship between posture and stability.
  7. Identify and describe muscle balance tests.
  8. Explain and demonstrate foundation movements.
  9. List and explain the progression steps in stability training.
  10. Explain and demonstrate exercises for building back fitness.
  11. Define and apply functional training strategies.
  12. Perform a preliminary client assessment.
  13. Design a stability program based on needs analysis data and established program goals.

Table of Contents:

Part I. Conceptual Foundation
Chapter 1. What Is Back Stability
Chapter 2. Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine
Chapter 3. Stabilization Mechanisms of the Lumbar Spine
Chapter 4. Principles of Muscle Imbalance

Part II. Establishing Stability
Chapter 5. Posture
Chapter 6. Muscle Balance Tests
Chapter 7. Foundation Movements

Part III. Progressing Stability Training
Chapter 8. Limb Loading
Chapter 9. Unstable Base
Chapter 10. Gym Ball
Chapter 11. Foam Rollers

Part IV. Building Back Fitness
Chapter 12. Faults With Traditional Abdominal Training
Chapter 13. Abdominal Training Using Stability Concepts
Chapter 14. Resistance Training for Core Strength
Chapter 15. Speed and Power in Core Training
Chapter 16. Functional Training

Part V. Clinical Application
Chapter 17. Preliminary Client Assessment
Chapter 18. Designing the Program
Chapter 19. Case History Illustrations

Online Course Access Statement
All of our online courses have 6 month full 24/7 access to complete your online program. The experience is awesome, simple and very digestible for the novice fitness enthusiast.